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 151-175 of 217 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 84860 7/13/1953 Jim'ny Crickets (The joke's on me) Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85164 9/3/1953 Jasmine Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85165 9/3/1953 The moon was yellow Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85166 9/3/1953 You too, you too? Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85167 9/3/1953 The Continental Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85347 10/8/1953 It's a wonderful world Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85348 10/8/1953 Davey Jones (at the bottom of the sea) Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85419 10/22/1953 'Zat you, Santa Claus? Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85420 10/22/1953 Cool Yule Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85421 10/22/1953 Someday you'll be sorry Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85422 10/22/1953 The gypsy Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85423 10/22/1953 I can't afford to miss this dream Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85486 11/5/1953 The march of the Commanders Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85487 11/5/1953 I want a little girl Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85822 2/2/1954 Make love to me Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85823 2/2/1954 The Dixie flyer Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85824 2/2/1954 Kentucky boogie Commanders Big Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
Decca 86570 7/13/1954 (Who's the guy with) The mink bow tie Johnny Long Orchestra ; Art Lund instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86571 7/13/1954 Those Texas women Johnny Long Orchestra ; Art Lund instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86572 7/13/1954 Sidetracked Johnny Long Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86573 7/13/1954 Give, give, give Johnny Long Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86590 7/19/1954 Sally May Johnny Long Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86591 7/19/1954 Say hey Willie Mays Johnny Long Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86592 7/19/1954 Pussy footin' (Back to me) Johnny Long Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86593 7/19/1954 Flo the all American flirt-1 Johnny Long Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 151-175 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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