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Woody Herman featuring the Young THundering Herd with Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Pete Barbuti and the DUKES of Dixieland bring Woody Herman and his Thundering Herd together at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre with Joe Williams, Pete Barbuti, Clark Terry and the DUKES of Dixieland — Plus several thousand fans — and the mixture is explosive: hot jazz cool blues, Texas stars overhead and the greatest of the Big Band stars on stage. The performance of such loved tunes as “Woodchopper’s Ball” and “April in Paris” is leavened with humor and the action these musicians feel toward one another. As Woody concludes the concert, bringing the Thundering Herd to a thunderous crescendo for Aaron Copland’s F”Fanfare for the Common Man”, he raises his arms slowly, building the music, and turns to the audience. As one, the people rise and reach out to him with applause, becoming a part of the performance themselves. This program is a special moment in music.

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