Gerry Hemingway

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Gerry Hemingway
Gerry Hemingway, Moers Festival 2007
Gerry Hemingway, Moers Festival 2007
Background information
Born (1955-03-23) March 23, 1955 (age 67)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.[1]
GenresAvant-garde jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, record label owner
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion, vibraphone, harmonica, voice, vocals, tape, sampler, electronics, live electronics
Years active1970s–present

Gerry Hemingway (born March 23, 1955)[1] is an American drummer and composer.[2]

Hemingway was a member of the Anthony Braxton quartet from 1983 to 1994.[3] He has also performed with Ernst Reijseger, Anthony Davis, Earl Howard, Leo Smith, George E. Lewis, Ray Anderson, Mark Helias, Reggie Workman, Michael Moore, Oliver Lake, Marilyn Crispell, Christy Doran, John Wolf Brennan, Don Byron, Cecil Taylor, and Cuong Vu.[1]

Hemingway received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work in music composition in 2000,[4] and was a student of Alan Dawson. He is a graduate of Foote School in New Haven. He has recorded on over one hundred albums for the labels Clean Feed, Enja, hatArt, Palmetto, Random Acoustics, and Tzadik. He owns his own label, Auricle.


As leader[edit]

  • 1979 Kwambe Auricle
  • 1982 Solo Works (solo) Auricle
  • 1983–94 Electro-Acoustic Solo Works (solo) Random Acoustics 1996
  • 1984–95 Electro-Acoustic Solo Works (solo) Random Acoustics 1996
  • 1987 Outer Bridge Crossing (quintet) Sound Aspects
  • 1988 Tub Works (solo) Sound Aspects
  • 1991 Down to the Wire (quartet) hatArt
  • 1991 View from Points West (trio w G Graewe, E Reijseger) Music & Arts
  • 1991 Special Detail (quintet) hatArt
  • 1991-94 Slamadam (quintet) Random Acoustics 1995
  • 1993 Demon Chaser(quintet) hatArt,
  • 1994 Saturn Cycle (trio w G Graewe, E Reijseger) Music & Arts
  • 1995 The Marmalade King (quintet) hatArt
  • 1996 Perfect World (quintet) Random Acoustics
  • 1998 Johnny's Corner Song (quartet) Auricle
  • 1999 Waltzes, Two–Steps & other Matters of the Heart (quintet) GM
  • 1999 Chamber Works Tzadik
  • 2002 Songs Between the Lines
  • 2002 Double Blues Crossing (quintet) Between the Lines
  • 2003 Devil's Paradise (quartet) Clean Feed
  • 2005 The Whimbler (quartet) Clean Feed
  • 2011 Riptide (quintet) Clean Feed

As co-leader[edit]

With Bass-Drum-Bone (Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, Ray Anderson)

  • 1978 Oahspe (Auricle)
  • 1980 Right Down Your Alley (Black Saint) (under Ray Anderson name)
  • 1986 You Be (Minor Music)
  • 1986-96 Cooked To Perfection (Auricle, 1999)
  • 1989 Wooferlo (Soul Note)
  • 1997 March Of Dimes (Data)
  • 1997 Hence The Reason (Enja)
  • 2005 The Line Up (Clean Feed Records)
  • 2009 The Other Parade (Clean Feed Records, 2011)
  • 2016 The Long Road (Auricle)

With WHO trio (Michel Wintsch, Gerry Hemingway, Bänz Oester)

As sideman[edit]

With Anthony Braxton

With Samuel Blaser

  • A Mirror to Machaut (Blaser Music, 2013)
  • Fourth Landscape (Nuscope, 2013)
  • Oostum (No Business Records, 2018)
  • Early in the Mornin (OutNote Records, 2018)
  • Moods (Blaser Music, 2021)

With Marilyn Crispell

With Maybe Monday

With Reggie Workman


  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 197. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ Lynch, Dave. "Gerry Hemingway: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  3. ^ Harms, Ted. "An Interview With Gerry Hemingway". Critical Studies in Improvisation. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Gerry Hemingway". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 16 June 2020.

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