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 101-125 of 217 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 81397 8/14/1951 A cabin in the cotton Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81398 8/14/1951 Bing bong bing Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81399 8/14/1951 Uncle Jim Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81451 8/24/1951 Shine on harvest moon Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81452 8/24/1951 Introduction to a waltz Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81453 8/25/1951 The dipsy doodle Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81454 8/25/1951 Flagwaver Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81749 10/22/1951 Charmaine Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81750 10/22/1951 Regular man Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 81751 10/22/1951 Uncle Jim Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82005 12/19/1951 Somebody stole my darling Connie Boswell instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82006 12/19/1951 I know what it means to be lonesome Connie Boswell instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82007 12/19/1951 Begin the beguine Connie Boswell instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82008 12/19/1951 Believe it beloved Connie Boswell instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82132 1/16/1952 Am I to blame Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82133 1/16/1952 I hear a rhapsody Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82134 1/16/1952 Wheels of fortune Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82135 1/16/1952 Till the stars fall in the ocean Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82255 2/6/1952 Sahara's aide Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82256 2/6/1952 Always Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82257 2/6/1952 Cherokee Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82732 4/23/1952 I waited a little too long Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Trudy Richards instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82733 4/23/1952 I may hate myself in the morning Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Trudy Richards instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 82734 4/23/1952 Trav'lin' (All alone)-1 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83301 8/25/1952 I laughed at love Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 101-125 of 217 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Schertzer, Hymie," accessed June 25, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113734.

Schertzer, Hymie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 25, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113734.

"Schertzer, Hymie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 25 June 2024.

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

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