Hymie Schertzer

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

Shertzer was born in New York City, United States, began playing violin when he was nine years old and picked up the 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, in March 1977, aged 67.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 2, 1909 (New York City), Died March 22, 1977

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1956

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

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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 217 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 75868 2/17/1950 That's a plenty Bob Crosby Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75869 2/17/1950 If you can't get a drum with a boom-1 Bob Crosby Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75870 2/17/1950 Rose room Bob Crosby Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 75871 2/17/1950 When my sugar walks down the street-2 Bob Crosby's Bob Cats instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76290 5/8/1950 Organ grinder's swing Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76291 5/8/1950 Four or five times Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76292 5/8/1950 T'ain't what you do Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76326 5/15/1950 By the river Ste Marie Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76327 5/15/1950 Ain't she sweet Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76328 5/15/1950 For dancers only Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76395 5/22/1950 By the river Ste Marie Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 76396 5/22/1950 Cheatin' on me Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 76397 5/22/1950 For dancers only Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 76398 5/22/1950 But she's my buddy's chick Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 76426 5/29/1950 I'm forever blowing bubbles Gordon Jenkins ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76427 5/29/1950 You're mine, you! Gordon Jenkins ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76434 5/31/1950 I love the guy Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76435 5/31/1950 Just say I love her Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76442 6/3/1950 Wagon wheels Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76443 6/3/1950 I can't give you anything but love Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76444 6/3/1950 I ain't got nobody Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76528 6/26/1950 La vie en rose Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76529 6/26/1950 C' est si bon Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76662 7/19/1950 Three little words Bill Darnell instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76663 7/19/1950 Pink champagne Bill Darnell instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 51-75 of 217 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Schertzer, Hymie," accessed June 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113734.

Schertzer, Hymie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113734.

"Schertzer, Hymie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113734

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