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 201-217 of 217 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 89690 4/2/1956 Blue Lou Edgar Sampson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89691 4/2/1956 [Unknown title(s)] Edgar Sampson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89692 4/3/1956 Lullaby in rhythm Edgar Sampson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89693 4/3/1956 Don't be that way Edgar Sampson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89694 4/3/1956 Hoopdee whodee Edgar Sampson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89695 4/3/1956 If dreams come true Edgar Sampson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Signature SRC 129 10-in. 1945 Swingin' down and up Bill Stegmeyer Octet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Signature SRC 130 10-in. 1945 Sentimental journey Bill Stegmeyer Octet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Signature SRC 131 10-in. 1945 I can't believe that you're in love with me Bill Stegmeyer Octet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Signature SRC 132 10-in. 1945 Bosco and his doghouse Bill Stegmeyer Octet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Signature SRC 133 10-in. 1945 Frantic rhapsody Bill Stegmeyer Octet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 5984 1/5/1951 You know you belong to somebody else Mills Brothers instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 5985 1/5/1951 Please don't talk about me when I'm gone Mills Brothers instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 5986 1/7/1951 The girl friend Bing Crosby instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 5987 1/7/1951 Without a word of warning Bing Crosby instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 5988 10-in. 1/7/1951 You gotta show me Bing Crosby instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 5989 1/7/1951 Then you've never been blue Bing Crosby instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 201-217 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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