|Frank Tiberi - Leader
Frank picked up the reins of the Orchestra when the great Woody Herman became ill during the band's 50th anniversary tour in 1986. Before his passing on October 29, 1987, Herman chose Frank to lead the Orchestra. Humbled to have been selected, Tiberi emphasizes that "The leader of this band will always be Woody Herman". Before Joining the "Herman Herd" in 1969, Tiberi performed with Bob Chester, Benny Goodyman and Urbie Green. Upon joining Woody, Frank became the lead saxophonist in Woody's "Four Brother" saxophone section and the solo tenor saxophonist on the classic, "Early Autumn". Frank has also played an integral part in helping incorporate the music of jazz saxophone giant John Coltrane into the Woody Herman band repertoire. Just as Woody's 1940's Herd successfully incorporated Be-Bop into a Big Band, Tiberi is most responsible for Big Bands incorporating John Coltrane's music, starting in the 70's and continuing through today.
|Stew Jackson - CEO
Stew Jackson is a professional musician and has appeared with a vast majority of the top stars of the music industry. He is currently the President and CEO of the world famous Woody Herman Orchestra and The Latin Giants of Jazz.
|Mike Brignola - Baritone Saxophone
Mike Brignola has been the baritone sax player and bass clarinetist with Woody Herman's Orchestra for 23 years; since he first joined right out of college in 1980. He has also been the road manager and personnel director of the band since 1991. Mike played close to 1000 engagements with Woody leading the band in the 1980's. The Woody Herman Legacy has proudly continued for the last 16 years under the musical leadership of Frank Tiberi and for the last 12 years under the ownership of Stew Jackson. Mike has appeared on all the recordings and videos that Woody's band has made since 1981, including the last 5 recordings made with Woody leading the band in the 1980's on Concord Records . Mike also plays on the band's two most recent recordings: "Tribute to the Legacy of Woody Herman" 1998 NYJAM records and "Live in Londonat Ronnie Scott's" 2000 NYJAM records.
|The Woody Herman Orchestra|
|Frank Tiberi and Joe Lovano, Hollywood 2002|