As you may know if you read PopCult regularly, your PopCulteer is an afficianado of Swing Music (in addition to local music, toys, comics, animation, etc). Tonight we’re going to bring you one of the greats of the Big Band Era, recorded in 1964. Herman was a musician’s musician and helped Jazz evolve beyond simple music. He was so innovative that Igor Stravinsky composed “Ebony Concerto” for his orchestra after being impressed by Neal Hefti’s arrangements for the band.
Woody Herman is captured live in a scorching one-hour concert from 1964 with the participation of one of the hottest sets of his orchestra, “The Swinging Herd”, including the trumpeter Bill Chase, trombonist Phil Wilson and the amazing saxophonist Sal Nistico, and drummer Jake Hanna, bassist Chuck Andrus and pianist Nat Pierce. during the nearly hour-long concert, you’ll hear such classicas as “Lonesome Old Town”and” After You’ve Gone ,” as well as his cover of Charles Mingus” After You’ve Gone.”
Remember you can hear The Swing Shift, hosted by yours truly, every Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays all week long on The AIR.