When Woody Herman died, American music lost the last of the big band giants. Duke Ellington, Count Bassie and Stan Keaton had all gone before. Like these other greats, Woody was an original. His artistry and energy spanned a half century, and through it all he retained humor and integrity while leading some of the greatest big bands in jazz history.
“Woody Remembered” is a video tribute to an artist whose various bands spawned numberless musicians who would in turn impact the jazz scene in america. The video presentation includes a biographical sketch of Woody along with performances of several of his Herds spanning a ten year period during the 70’s and 80’s. In a sense, it is a history of jazz since Woody Herman influenced the big band scene so profoundly. Beyond that, “Woody Remembered” is a misnomer; he will never be forgotten.