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 126-150 of 217 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 83302 8/25/1952 Takes two to tango Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83644 11/14/1952 Lake Placid Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83645 11/14/1952 Uncle Jim Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83646 11/14/1952 Waltzing on a cloud Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83647 11/15/1952 In Veradero-1 Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83648 11/15/1952 Falling in love all over again Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83649 11/15/1952 It's a happy holiday Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83650 11/15/1952 Two for a nickel, three for a dime Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84025 2/27/1953 Swanee river boogie Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 84026 2/27/1953 Honey in the horn Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 84130 3/6/1953 Only yesterday Jackie Paris instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84131 3/6/1953 I know why Jackie Paris instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84132 3/6/1953 If love is good to me Jackie Paris instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84784 6/29/1953 O (Oh!) Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 84785 6/29/1953 Meet the brass Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 84799 7/2/1953 These foolish things Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84800 7/2/1953 In the still of the night Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84801 7/2/1953 That old black magic Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84802 7/2/1953 I'll be seeing you Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84817 7/6/1953 It could happen to you Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84818 7/6/1953 They can't take that away from me Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84819 7/6/1953 All the things you are Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84820 7/6/1953 September song Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84858 7/13/1953 When I'm with you Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 84859 7/13/1953 Hors d'oeuvre Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
(Results 126-150 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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