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 76-100 of 217 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 76664 7/19/1950 Well, oh well Bill Darnell instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76669 7/19/1950 Don't worry 'bout me Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76670 7/9/1950 Blue again Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76671 7/19/1950 It's a long way to Tipperary Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76672 7/19/1950 Show me the way to go home Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76845 9/14/1950 Jingle bells Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76846 9/14/1950 Where or when Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 76847 9/14/1950 Blue again Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80448 1/24/1951 Sweet Adeline Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80449 1/24/1951 Diane Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80450 1/24/1951 Marcheta Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80461 1/25/1951 Beautiful madness Don Cherry ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80462 1/25/1951 Chapel of the roses Don Cherry ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80463 1/25/1951 I've got to pass your house Don Cherry ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 80464 1/25/1951 The thrill is gone-1 Don Cherry ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81287 7/18/1951 I don't want to make a change Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 81288 7/18/1951 There never was a baby like my baby Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 81289 7/18/1951 Give a little, get a little Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 81300 7/23/1951 The morning side of the mountain Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81301 7/23/1951 Blue velvet Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81302 7/23/1951 The love of a gypsy Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81303 7/23/1951 A man ain't supposed to cry Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81328 8/1/1951 The kissing bug boogie Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81329 8/1/1951 (I wouldn't be where I am) If you hadn't gone away Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81330 8/1/1951 Coral reef Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 76-100 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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