Herman led his band for fifty years starting in 1936 cultimating with his passing in 1987. Unlike the Goodman band that ushered in the swing era, Herman's band runs in time with the changes in modern jazz throughout the years from swing to bebop and cool jazz in the 40's and 50's and was on the cutting edge of the jazz/rock fusion sound from the 60's and 70's. Perhaps more so than any other band leader, Herman was responsible for giving a leg up to many of the jazz stars of the day including Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Joe Lovano. Some of the finest composers/arrangers of the past seventy years passed through the Herman band including Gerry Mulligan, Bill Holman and Alan Broadbent.
This one of a kind documentary includes ove 400 rare photographs and extensive interviews filmed with Woody Herman. Jazzed Media is an outlet committed to the highest quality, musical integrity and production standards in use today. Other epic documentaries shot from Jazzed Media include Phil Woods: A Life in E Flat - Portrait of a Jazz Legend, Bud Shank: Against the Tide - Portrait of a Jazz Legend, Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm - Portrait of a Jazz Legend.