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Jazz Icons: Woody Herman Live in '64 (2009)

Woody Herman , Bill Chase , Various  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Herman, Bill Chase, Phil Wilson, Sal Nistico, Jake Hanna
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: NAXOS OF AMERICA DVD
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N5KDZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jazz Icons: Woody Herman - Live In '64
Jazz Icons: Woody Herman features a blistering one-hour concert from 1964 showcasing one of the very hottest line-ups of the 'Swinging Herd,' including trumpeter Bill Chase, trombonist Phil Wilson and the amazing saxophonist Sal Nistico on the front line, as well as drummer Jake Hanna, bassist Chuck Andrus and pianist-arranger Nat Pierce in the rhythm section.


Woody and his band roar throughout the entire show which includes standards such as 'Lonesome Old Town' and 'After You ve Gone' as well as new originals including Charles Mingus's 'Better Git It In Your Soul.'


The release of the fourth installment of the Jazz Icons series now brings it up to 30 separate DVDs and over 40 hours of vintage jazz performances, making this the most comprehensive music DVD series of any genre. Reelin' In The Years who produced the Jazz Icons series are also responsible for the Grammy-nominated American Folk Blues Festival series, the multi-platinum selling Definitive Motown series (Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) and the British Invasion series (Small Faces, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Dusty Springfield, and Herman's Hermits.) As in all of their projects, each DVD is produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BAND -WONDERFUL DVD! November 3, 2009
By Liptrip
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I have always been a fan of Woody's bands in the 60's and this DVD from the Jazz Icon 4th series is a must have for anyone who digs more modern big bands.
The audio and video are both amazing considering this was recorded in 1964. The crew did an excellent job remastering this show.
The band is on fire -with fantastic arrangements,great solo players like Sal Nistico and Joe Romano on saxes,the incredible Phil Wilson on trombone, Paul Fontaine on trumpet and section works the is unsurpassed in most big bands.
Chuck Andrus (bass) Nat Pierce (piano) and Jake Hanna (drums)make up one of the best rhythm sections ever.
Add Bill Chase leading the trumpet section and you've got a true winner.
Many thanks to the team @ Jazz Icons for releasing such great jazz stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herman band Swings!! January 12, 2010
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What a band! From the opening chart to the last chart-this is a powerhouse band.Great soloists-great charts-the DVD is one of the best bigband dvd's I have in my collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a recording of this herds' era! November 4, 2009
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This band was FANTASTIC! All through high school I studied this band and Jake Hanna's drumming. It is fire-breathing stuff and makes you come right out of your seat! It reminds me of how good jazz players were in those days.

I am thrilled that Jazz Icons did this so that we can relive this band, both audibly and now visually! Thanks! It is an iconic performance!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fierce Horn Music To Rock the Party! December 18, 2009
By Tym S.
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40's Swing bands had been the first flame of rocking youth, but by Beatlemania they were in danger of seeming like fogey music. Enter a wild Woody Herman with something to prove!

Startlingly, Herman comes out like a dervish with zeal to spare, rallying his 12-man horn army (!) into a breakneck frenzy that never lets up. Pushing 50, he looks like he wants to push age over a cliff, laughing. It's as if he were saying, 'Oh, you want energy, how about this?!' Fast as Techno and far more dynamic, this music scorches from start to finish. His crack team perfectly melds Swing and Bebop, with generous spotlights given to each player, while Herman remains the soulful fun at the hurricane's heart. Pianist and arranger Ned Pierce drives a team and repertoire as finely drilled as a gemstone, with a fierce rhythm section at his side. And the cavalcade of impressive horn solos is beyond description.

Fans of Fred Wesley & Maceo Parker, Tower of Power, Fela, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, and Ozomotli should perk their ears here. Even the liner notes by veteran Steve Voce are as incisive and fun as the disc. Grab your breath and hold on!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Woody, oh lawdy too... April 21, 2014
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I just found this magic lantern in my mailbox gave it a couple of rubs and I was transported back to an excellent time in the 60's . An analog time of real musicians and real instruments and real microphones, wow what a blast . Thank you Mr Herman for being a stickler for the sound and the fury controlled. I have only listened to three songs so far but what fun I cannot stop rockin out. Great performance ( LIVE ). Wooooooowwwwww.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Opinion of most recent purchase February 28, 2014
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Audio and video quality were wonderful, especially for that long ago.
Was disappointed that Bill Chase was not featured, even though he was advertised as being in the band.
Would recommend this disc to all my friends, as it brought back many great memories of the herd.

Thank you, Amazon - you do good work!!! I just ordered a Wayne Bergeron dandy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars TOP CLASS BIG BAND JAZZ November 15, 2013
By Hafish
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It would have been 5 stars,but getting it from the US made it expensive,the handling charge set me back.,as for the music top class
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another must have video
I just got this video and cannot stop watching it. Just amazing ensemble and solo playing. Being from the Boston area, I am familiar with many of the musicians on the band. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wayne Andrus
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunner
Have had this dvd a few years and just looked at it again. I'm amazed I haven't commented on it before now. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ronald K. Goodenow
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treasure
As a big band jazz fan, finding this dvd of a Woody Herman concert was an unexpected surprise. The show features one of Woody's most talented Herds and the playlist is great. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Larry Flakne
5.0 out of 5 stars Swingin Herd!
Jazz history, great to have these concerts available, for viewing. This was a great band, great songs, great solos, so glad
I purchased the DVd. Read more
Published on May 4, 2012 by jrsb
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny
That says it all. If you are thinking about it, buy it. If you are not thinking about it, think about it and then buy it.
Published on February 19, 2010 by Stehen R. Thibideau
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Time Fan
This is an excellent DVD of the 1964 band in a live setting. However, Bill Chase had almost no appearance here. Henry Southall was obviously reigned in. Read more
Published on January 9, 2010 by John L. Eutsler
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dvd
Amazon provided great service as usual---speedy delivery and great product. A real pleasure doing business with this company! Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by Richard Bruton
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