Hymie Schertzer

Herman "Hymie" Shertzer or Schertzer (April 22, 1909 – March 22, 1977) was an American jazz saxophonist, best known for his long-term association with Benny Goodman.

Shertzer was born in New York City, began playing violin when he was nine years old and picked up saxophone when he was a teenager. He worked as a sideman for Gene Kardos at the club Birdland, then joined Benny Goodman's band, where he was the lead saxophonist until 1938, though he recorded with Goodman intermittently until the mid-1940s. He was in Tommy Dorsey's band from 1938-1940, and also recorded in the late 1930s with Bunny Berigan and Lionel Hampton. He worked with Billie Holiday in 1941 and again in 1944, then became a house musician for NBC radio and television. He worked as a session player for studio recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Sy Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and Artie Shaw in the period 1947-1953, and continued working with Goodman live, on television, and on record from 1951 until 1969. He was a member of the Tonight Show Band during its Johnny Carson era and was active in recording sessions until the mid-1970s. He died in New York City aged 67.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 2nd, 1909 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 194 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-92546 10-in. 7/1/1935 Sometimes I'm happy Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-92547 10-in. 7/1/1935 King Porter Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-92549 10-in. 7/1/1935 Jingle bells Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-96299 10-in. 11/22/1935 Sandman Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-97017 10-in. 9/27/1935 Madhouse Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-02103 10-in. 10/7/1936 Riffin' at the Ritz Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-02460 10-in. 11/5/1936 Bugle call rag Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-09569 10-in. 7/6/1937 Peckin' Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-09570 10-in. 7/6/1937 Can't we be friends? Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PCS-09571 12-in. 7/6/1937 Sing, sing, sing Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PCS-09572 12-in. 7/6/1937 Sing, sing, sing Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-09576 10-in. 7/7/1937 Roll 'em Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-09577 10-in. 7/7/1937 When it's sleepy time down South Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-09578 10-in. 7/7/1937 Afraid to dream Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Betty Van Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-09579 10-in. 7/7/1937 Changes Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 72404 10-in. 10/4/1944 Lover man (oh, where can you be?) Billie Holiday instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72405 10-in. 10/4/1944 No more Billie Holiday instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72497 10-in. 11/8/1944 That ole devil called love Billie Holiday instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72498 11/8/1944 Don't explain Billie Holiday instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 72499 11/8/1944 Big stuff Billie Holiday instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 74000 7/11/1947 You're breakin' in a new heart Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 74013 7/22/1947 Don't you think I oughta know? Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 74014 7/22/1947 You're breakin' in a new heart Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 74766 2/17/1949 Just in case Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 74767 2/17/1949 Gran'ma plays the numbers Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 194 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Schertzer, Hymie," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113734.

Schertzer, Hymie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113734.

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