Here's what a handful of former Herman sidemen, who'll be taking part in "Early Autumn," have been up to in recent years:
Shorty Rogers (with Herman from 1945 to '50): Since the mid-'50s, the trumpeter-fluegelhornist has been writing for films and TV. He retired from active playing for a while but re-emerged about 10 years ago to become quite a spark plug on the Los Angeles jazz scene, invigorating such bands as Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars and his own Giants with a streamlined, mainstream-minded approach.
Conte Candoli (with Herman in 1943, '45 and '50): Influenced by Dizzy Gillespie and with lots of sizzle around the edges of his sound, this trumpet player has never gone long without work. After Herman, he worked with Stan Kenton, Doc Severinsen's "Tonight Show" orchestra, the Lighthouse All-Stars and Supersax. He is still involved with the latter two groups and recently formed a quintet with saxman Pete Christlieb to release "Sweet Simon" (on the Best label), Candoli's first recording in years.
Bill Perkins (with Herman from 1951 to '54): Initially inspired by Lester Young, saxman Perkins shifted his sights about 10 years ago and now takes a more modernist stance, reflecting his interest in John Coltrane, Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano. He has worked with the Lighthouse All-Stars (on tenor) and Toshiko Akiyoshi's Jazz Orchestra (on baritone) as well as with his own quartet and Frank Strazzeri's Woodwinds West.