Herman Autrey

Herman Autrey (December 4, 1904 – June 14, 1980) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Autrey was born into a musical family in Evergreen, Alabama, and began on alto horn before taking up trumpet as a teenager and gigging locally in Pittsburgh and Florida. After some time in Florida he worked in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City, where he played with Charlie Johnson in 1933. He first became well known through Fats Waller, who hired him in 1934 after signing a new contract with Victor Records. He played alongside drummer Harry Dial, guitarist Al Casey, and reedist Gene Sedric. Autrey went on to record extensively with Waller, as well as with Fletcher Henderson and Claude Hopkins.

Autrey worked as a sideman into the 1940s, with Stuff Smith, Sammy Price, Una Mae Carlisle, and others; he also led some ensembles, which sometimes included pianist Herbie Nichols. Early in the 1950s Autrey was hurt in a car crash, sidelining his career for one year. He played with Saints & Sinners in the 1960s, including on their 1968/69 tours of Europe. In 1969 he played with "Buzzy Drootin's Jazz Family" which included Benny Morton, Herb Hall, pianist Sonny Drootin, bassist Eddie Gibbs and Buzzy on drums. In the 1970s he began to lose his playing capacity and spent more time as a vocalist.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 4th, 1904 (Evergreen), Died June 14th, 1980 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 83 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-82526 10-in. 5/16/1934 A porter's love song to a chambermaid Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-82527 10-in. 5/16/1934 I wish I were twins Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-82528 10-in. 5/16/1934 Armful o' sweetness Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-82529 10-in. 5/16/1934 Do me a favor Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-83699 10-in. 8/17/1934 Georgia May Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-84106 10-in. 8/17/1934 Then I'll be tired of you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-84107 10-in. 8/17/1934 Don't let It bother you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and dialogue (take 1); with male vocal solo (take 2) instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-84108 10-in. 8/17/1934 Have a little dream on me Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-84417 10-in. 9/28/1934 Serenade for a wealthy widow Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-84418 10-in. 9/28/1934 How can you face me? Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and talk instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-84419 10-in. 9/28/1934 Sweetie pie Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-84420 10-in. 9/28/1934 Mandy Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-84421 10-in. 9/28/1934 Let's pretend there's a moon Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-84422 10-in. 9/28/1934 You're not the only oyster In the stew Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-88995 10-in. 6/24/1935 12th Street rag Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-88997 10-in. 6/24/1935 Somebody stole my gal Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-88998 10-in. 6/24/1935 Sweet Sue Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-92995 10-in. 8/20/1935 Loafin' time Herman Autrey ; Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet and talk vocalist  
Victor BS-01801 10-in. 11/29/1936 Hallelujah! Things look rosy now Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-01802 10-in. 11/29/1936 Hallelujah! Things look rosy now Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-01803 10-in. 11/29/1936 'T'ain't good (Like a nickel made of wood) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-01804 10-in. 11/29/1936 'T'ain't good (Like a nickel made of wood) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-01805 10-in. 11/29/1936 Swingin' them jingle bells Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-01806 10-in. 11/29/1936 Swingin' them jingle bells Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-01807 10-in. 11/29/1936 A thousand dreams of you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 1-25 of 83 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Autrey, Herman," accessed January 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112442.

Autrey, Herman. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112442.

"Autrey, Herman." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 January 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112442

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