WOODY HERMAN AND 7 BAND MEMBERS SIGNED ON ALBUM PAGES, "Woody Herman", "Bob Ashton, Trumpet", "To Lois, Good luck to you, Ray English", "Artie Arthurs, trumpet", "Dan Blasi, Sax", etc., on 6 x 4 album pages, C.1943, in fine condition.
Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd", Herman came to prominence the late 1930s and was active until his death in 1987. His bands often played music that was cutting edge and experimental for its time; they received numerous Grammy nominations and awards.
The 1944 group, which he called the First Herd, was famous for its progressive jazz. The First Herd's music was heavily influenced by Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Its lively, swinging arrangements, combining bop themes with swing rhythm parts, were greatly admired.