|Birth name||Henry Jerome Pasnik|
|Also known as||Al Mortimer
December 17, 1917|
New York City
|Died||March 23, 2011(aged 93)|
|Genres||Sweet dance music, big band|
|Occupations||Bandleader, Musician, Arranger, Composer|
|Associated acts||Henry Jerome and His Orchestra
Henry Jerome (né Henry Jerome Pasnik; 12 November 1917 New York City — 23 March 2011 Plantation, Florida) was an American big band leader, trumpeter, arranger, composer, and record company executive. Jerome formed his first dance band in 1932 in Norwich, Connecticut. His bands flourished throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s. Jerome went on to become A&R director at Decca Records in 1959 and A&R director for Coral Records, a Decca subsidiary, in the late 1960s.
Jerome attended primary and secondary schools in Norwich, public for the former and Norwich Free Academy for the latter. He also attended the Juilliard School of Music, studying trumpet with Max Schlossberg (1873–1936) and composition and orchestration with William Vacchiano.
- Jerome formed his first professional orchestra while in the eighth grade — in 1931, when he was 14.
First passenger ship
- While in high school Jerome received an offer from the American Export Lines for his orchestra to perform on a ship sailing from New York to Europe. Without quitting school, Jerome secured permission from the Norwich Free Academy to accept the job.
1932 to 1937
- In addition to performing aboard passenger ships, Henry Jerome and His Orchestra performed at clubs, hotels, ballrooms, and theaters throughout the United States, and began performing on radio and TV in 1940.
Dinner at the Green Room
- On February 28, 1948, Henry Jerome and His Orchestra were booked at the Green Room of the Hotel Edison, in New York, to fill a 9-day gap between Claudia Carroll's closing and Alvy West–Buddy Greco's opening on March 26. From then on, Henry Jerome and His Orchestra performed regularly there. In 1952, ABC Radio Network began broadcasting the show, weekly, calling it, Dinner At The Green Room. Songs such as "Homing Pigeon," "I Love My Mama," "Nice People," "Night Is Gone," "Until Six," and "Oh, How I Need You, Joe" became staples of East Coast airwaves. According to a review in the December 11, 1948, issue of Billboard, Jerome had perfected the style of Hal Kemp, a more mellow, soft, and sweet style that suited many hotels. The Billboard reporter, Hal Webman (1923–2004), went on to become an A&R executive with Jerome's future employer, Decca.
Executive roles in recording
- Jerome was A&R director at Coral Records, Decca Records, and MCA Records from 1959 to 1968. He became A&R director of United Artists Records from 1968 to 1970. In 1971, he became president of Green Menu Music Factory, collaborating with Kim Gannon, Leonard Whitcup, Bobbi Martin, Norman Simon, Angelo Musulino.
- "Stay With Me"
- "For the Love of Him," words & music by Bobbi Martin & Al Mortimer, United Artists Music (1970) OCLC 744467615
- "Have a Good Day"
- "Oh How I Need You Joe"
- "There Are No Rules"
- "Nice People"
- "Night Is Gone"
- "I Love You So"
- "I Love My Mama"
- "Song of Exodus" ("Let My People Go")
- "Even a Clown Can Cry"
- "Singing a Happy Song"
- "Kiss Me Goodnight"
- "Rock Billy Boogie"
- "The Christmas Party of the Eight Reindeer"
- "I Think of You"
- "John F. Kennedy Was His Name"
- "The Game of Life" ("It's the Only Game in Town")
- "Give a Woman Love"
- "Your Baby Blue Eyes," music & lyrics by Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette, Paul Burlison, & Al Mortimer OCLC 498787874
- "You're Undecided"
- "You Are Mine" (canto alia vita)
- "Brazen Brass" (theme)
- "Tipica Serenada"
- "Until Six"
- "Soupy's Theme"
- "The Soupy Shuffle"
- "Lullaby in Dixieland"
- "Henry's Trumpets"
Henry Jerome used two pseudonyms: Van Grayson and Al Mortimer, both published as co-composer as a way of getting a royalty cut for musicians that he put on salary.
Notable songs that credit Al Mortimer
|14th Annual Grammy Awards (for recordings released in 1969)|
|Composers: Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producers: Henry Jerome, Phil Ramone
Cast, including: Jerry Orbach, Jill O'Hara,
Edward Winter, Donna McKechnie,
A. L. Hines, Marian Mercer
& Paul Reed
|Musical Theater||Best Musical
|Promises, Promises||Promises, Promises
Notable members of Henry Jerome's Orchestra
In the early 1960s, Henry Jerome and His Orchestra recorded eleven albums under the name, "Brazen Brass," from which four singles reached the top 10, worldwide — Jerome conceived the idea and Dick Jacobs did the arrangements. Some music historians attribute Jerome's inspiration for Brazen Brass to Billy May's Big Fat Brass album that won a 1959 Grammy, for Best Performance by an Orchestra or Instrumentalist with Orchestra.
- Brazen Brass, Decca DL 4056 & 74056 (1957) OCLC 14216233
- Brazen Brass Plays Songs Everybody Knows, Decca DL 4106 & 74106 (1961) OCLC 13036833
- Brazen Brass Goes Hollywood, Decca DL 4085 & 74085 (1961) OCLC 13031099
- Brazen Brass Brings Back the Bands! Decca DL 4125 & 74125 (1961) OCLC 12261131
- Brazen Brass Features Saxes, Decca DL 4127 & 74127 (1961) OCLC 15548677
- Brazen brass Zings the Strings, Decca DL 4187 & 74187 (1961) OCLC 13030901
- Brazen Brass Goes Latin, Decca DL 4226 & 74226 (1961) OCLC 24624512
- Brazen Brass: New sounds in Folk Music, Decca DL 4344 & 74344 (1961) OCLC 761582619 and 657589374
- Brazen Brass: Strings in Dixieland, Decca DL 4307 & 74307 (1961) OCLC 657589375 and 761582621
- Brazen Brass Legends of Lounge, Decca (1961)
- Cocktail Brazen Brass, Brunswick (1965)
- Brazen Brass Hi-Lites, Decca SDL 3001
Selected radio broadcasts
Henry Jerome and His Orchestra
- 63035: May 28, 1948, Mutual
One Night Stand
- 9762: June 24, 1952, Program #2946, AFRS, remote broadcast from the Green Room of the Hotel Edison, New York City, Ray Divino (vocal), Joe Greer (vocal), 1/2 hour
- 33492: October 21, 1957, Program #141, 15 minutes
- 33545: 1960, Program #300
Here's To Veterans
- 56286: 1950, Program #189
- 31770: Program #1026
- 51653: Program #865. Veterans Administration syndication. "Henry Jerome's Brazen Brass"
- 35929: Program #1489, Lang-Worth transcription:
- "Would I Still Be The One In Your Heart" ("If I Pretend You're Not On My Mind?"), Hal Barton (vocal)
- "How's The Little Woman?" Hal Barton (vocal)
- "But Me, I Love You," Jolly Joe Grimm (Joe Grimaldi) (vocal; ensemble, trio)
- "Lyin' Kisses," Jolly Joe Grimm ( Joe Grimaldi) (vocal, ensemble)
- "Don't Say Goodbye," Hal Barton (vocal)
- 35930: Program #1474, Lang-Worth transcription
- "Did Anyone Ever Tell You Mrs. Murphy?"
- "Everything They Said Came True"
- "You Walk By"
- "It's The Little Things"
- "I Must Have Done Something Wonderful"
- "Daddy's Little Girl"
- Hal Barton (vocals with ensemble), 12:10
- 35931: Henry Jerome and His Orchestra, Program #AS-658, Lang-Worth transcription
- "Dearie," Jolly Joe Grimm (Joe Grimaldi) (vocal, trio, ensemble)
- "Canasta Song," Jolly Joe Grimm (Joe Grimaldi) (vocal, trio, ensemble)
- "Shawl of Galway Grey" (vocal-Hal Barton, ensemble)
- "Yesterday's Roses"
- "A Cow A Plow And a Frau"
- "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming"
- With Hal Barton, Jolly Joe Grimm (Joe Grimaldi) (vocals) 12:32
- Jerome became a member of ASCAP in 1951.
- Norwich native, Grammy-winning musician lived generously and humbly, friends say, by Kelly-Ann Franklin, Norwich Bulletin, April 5, 2011
- Who's Who in the World 24th edition, 2007, New Providence, New Jersey: Marquis Who's Who (2006) OCLC 427525629, 182761457 and 449902472
- William Franklin Lee III, PhD (1929–2011), American Big Bands, pg. 156, Hal Leonard Corporation (2005) ISBN 0634080547; ISBN 9780634080548
- The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, by Colin Larkin, Muze (1998) OCLC 39837948
- ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, Fourth edition, compiled for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, by Jaques Cattell Press, New York: R.R. Bowker, 1980 OCLC 7065938 and 802158882
- Henry Jerome, (brief biography), by David Bernhart, Big Band Academy of America, Mar. 2009, pg. 1
- Jerome Say Band Career Began at 12, by Joey Sasso, Lewiston Evening Journal, May 16, 1953
- New York: Henry Jerome, Billboard Magazine, March 6, 1948, pg. 22
- New York: Henry Jerome, Billboard Magazine, September 16, 1950, pg. 24
- The Big Band Almanac, by Leo Walker, Da Capo Press, pg. 214 (1989) OCLC 723503126 and 18873553
- Review: Henry Jerome, by Harold (Hal) Webman (1923–2004), Billboard (magazine), December 11, 1948, pg. 20
- Paid Death Notice: Harold Webman, New York Times, October 16, 2004
- Economist’s Life, Scored With Jazz Theme, by David Leonhardt, New York Times, September 18, 2007
- Interview: Johnny Mandel (Part 2), by Marc Myers, JazzWax October 21, 2008
- Henry Jerome (biography), by Eugene Chadbourne, AllMusic, retrieved 20 May 2013
- Counterpoint: The Journey of a Music Man, by Joe Harnell & Ira Skutch, Xlibris Corp. (publisher) (2000) OCLC 47724607
- Billy May, Space Age Pop Music (music blog) Brussels, Belgium: www.spaceagepop.com, Brad Bigelow, editor (retrieved 21 May 2013)
- Jerome and His Orchestra, Henry, www.radiogoldindex.com, Newtown, Connecticut: RadioGOLDINdex, J. David Goldin (born 1942), editor, database updated as of April 28, 2013