Arthur Herbert

Arthur Herbert (May 28, 1907, Brooklyn – date of death unknown) was an American jazz drummer.

Both of Herbert's parents were of Trinidadian heritage. He worked in a silver and gold refinery as a young man, playing local gigs in New York nightclubs and hotels in his spare time. He left industry in 1935 to join Eddie Williams's band, and soon after started his own band, the Rhythm Masters. In the 1930s and 1940s he worked as a sideman with musicians such as Pete Brown, Coleman Hawkins, Hot Lips Page and Sidney Bechet.

In the 1950s Herbert went into semi-retirement as a musician and started up his own pest extermination business. He played in various swing jazz revival ensembles, and toured with Lem Johnson in Poland in the 1960s.

Herbert taught his nephew, drummer Herb Lovelle, whom he insisted should know how to read sheet music, something black musicians were then not held to know. He got his nephew his first gig with Hot Lips Page. He also taught drummer Shelly Manne, according to Herb Lovelle.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1907

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, traps, drums

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 61 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-037122 10-in. 5/17/1939 Ain't she sweet Smoothies Mixed vocal trio, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-037123 10-in. 5/17/1939 Steamboat Bill Smoothies Mixed vocal trio, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-037124 10-in. 5/17/1939 Chew-chew-chew (Chew your bubble gum) Smoothies Mixed vocal trio, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-037125 10-in. 5/17/1939 Breezin' along with the breeze Smoothies Mixed vocal trio, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-042933 10-in. 10/11/1939 Meet Doctor Foo Coleman Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-042934 10-in. 10/11/1939 Fine dinner Coleman Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-042935 10-in. 10/11/1939 She's funny that way Thelma Carpenter ; Coleman Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-042936 10-in. 10/11/1939 Body and soul Coleman Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-043945 10-in. 12/1/1939 Calling all bars Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-043946 10-in. 12/1/1939 Mighty like the blues Hazel Scott ; Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-043947 10-in. 12/1/1939 You gave me the go-by Hazel Scott ; Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-043948 10-in. 12/1/1939 Why didn't William Tell? Pete Barry ; Sextet of the Rhythm Club of London Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Brunswick E22248-E22249 10-in. 4/4/1927 Moonlight Bay Dixieland Four Male vocal quartet, with lute, guitar, and piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E27302 10-in. 4/7/1928 Darling Nellie Gray Marie Tiffany Female vocal solo, with male vocal trio and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E27325 10-in. 4/11/1928 The grass grows greener (‘Way down home) Ritz Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E27326 10-in. 4/11/1928 Sweet Elaine Ritz Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E27386 10-in. 4/21/1928 Eyes of Texas Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E27387 10-in. 4/21/1928 The Aggie war hymn Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E27567 10-in. 5/18/1928 Goodbye, my lover, goodbye Kanawha Singers Male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E27568 10-in. 5/18/1928 That good old country town (Where I was born) Kanawha Singers Male vocal quartet, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E28355 10-in. 10/16/1928 On Candle Light Lane Ritz Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E2960-E2962 10-in. 4/30/1926 Honey bunch Blue Ribbon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E2963-E2965 10-in. 4/30/1926 Lonesome and sorry Blue Ribbon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E3009-E3010 10-in. 5/8/1926 Lonesome and sorry Blue Ribbon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E3011-E3012 10-in. 5/8/1926 Honey bunch Blue Ribbon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 61 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Herbert, Arthur," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114304.

Herbert, Arthur. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114304.

"Herbert, Arthur." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

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