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UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 16, 2013.
By United Press International

Noted clarinetist Giuffre dead at 86

PITTSFIELD, Mass., April 26 (UPI) -- Jazz clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre, known for both his minimalist efforts and striking orchestra works, has died at the age of 86 in Pittsfield, Mass.

Jazz trumpeter Childers dies at 81

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., May 30 (UPI) -- Marion "Buddy" Childers, trumpeter for jazz greats Stan Kenton and Tommy Dorsey who later led his own ensemble, died in his Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 81.

Charles' arranger Sid Feller dies at 89

ORANGE VILLAGE, Ohio, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Producer/arranger Sid Feller, who helped create the Ray Charles hits "Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You," has died in Ohio at age 89.

Jazz bassist Keter Betts dead at 77

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Jazz bassist Keter Betts, who helped introduce the bossa nova to the United States, has died, it was reported Monday. He was 77.

Jazzman 'Keter' Betts dead at 77

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Jazz bassist Peter "Keter" Betts has died at his Silver Spring, Md., home at age 77, it was reported Wednesday.

Bebop pioneer Stan Levey dies at 79

VAN NUYS, Calif., May 16 (UPI) -- Jazz drummer and bebop pioneer Stan Levey, who gave up music for photography in his later years, has died at age 79 in Van Nuys, Calif.

Stan Levey, noted drummer, dies at 79

VAN NUYS, Calif., April 22 (UPI) -- Noted modern jazz drummer Stan Levey, who played with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, has died at the age of 79 in a California hospital.

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons was born in Chicago this day in 1925, son of boogie-woogie piano pioneer Albert Ammons.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Singer Anita O'Day was born this day 1919. She earned her musical reputation as a member of Gene Krupa's band in the early 1940s, then worked with Stan Kenton. She made a comeback performance in June 1999 at New York's JVC Jazz Festival.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Bandleader and pianist Raymond Scott was born this day in 1910 in New York. He was a pioneering leader of the CBS radio network staff orchestra in the 1930s and '40s, yet better known for writing and performing stylish novelty tunes.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is Oct. 20.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International
Woody Herman

Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987), known as Woody Herman, was an American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd," Herman was one of the most popular of the 1930s and '40s bandleaders. His bands basically played jazz and blues, often including rather experimental material for their time.

Herman was born Woodrow Charles Thomas Herman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 16, 1913. His parents were Otto and Myrtle Herrman. His father had a deep love for show business and this influenced Woody Herman at an early age. As a child he worked as a singer in vaudeville, then became a professional saxophone player at age 15. In 1931, he met Charlotte Neste, an aspiring actress. They later married, September 27, 1936. Woody Herman joined the Tom Gerun band and his first recorded vocals were "Lonesome Me" and "My Heart's At Ease". Herman also performed with the Harry Sosnick orchestra and Gus Arnheim and Isham Jones. Isham Jones wrote many popular songs, including "It Had To Be You" and at some point was tiring of the demands of leading a band. Jones wanted to live off the residuals of his songs. Woody Herman saw the chance to lead Isham Jones' former band. Woody Herman eventually acquired the remains of Jones' orchestra after Isham Jones decided to retire.

Woody Herman's first band became known for its orchestrations of the blues and was sometimes billed as "The Band That Plays The Blues". This band recorded for the Decca label. At first the band served as a cover band, doing covers of songs by other Decca artists. The first song recorded was "Wintertime Blues" on November 6, 1936. In January 1937, George T. Simon closed a review of the band with the words: "This Herman outfit bears watching; not only because it's fun listening to in its present stages, but also because its bound to reach even greater stages." After two and a half years on the label, the band had its first hit, "Woodchopper's Ball" recorded in 1939. Woody Herman remembered that "Woodchopper's Ball" started out slowly at first. "t was really a sleeper. But Decca kept re-releasing it, and over a period of three or four years it became a hit. Eventually it sold more than five million copies--the biggest hit I ever had." Other hits for the band include "The Golden Wedding" and "Blue Prelude". Musicians and arrangers that stand out include Cappy Lewis on trumpet and Dean Kincaide, a noted big band arranger.

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