Herbie Haymer

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Herbie Haymer
Label of "Laguna Leap" by the Herbie Haymer Quintet
Label of "Laguna Leap" by the Herbie Haymer Quintet
Background information
Birth nameHerbert Maximillum “Herbie” Haymer
Born(1915-07-24)July 24, 1915
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedApril 11, 1949(1949-04-11) (aged 33)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Years active1932–1949

Herbert Haymer (July 24, 1915 – April 11, 1949) was an American jazz reedist, known primarily as a saxophonist in big bands.

Life and career[edit]

Haymer was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on July 24, 1915.[1] He played alto saxophone from age 15 and picked up tenor at age 20.[2]

He played with the Carl Sears-Johnny Watson Band, then played with Rudy Vallee, Charlie Barnet, Red Norvo (1935–1937), Jimmy Dorsey (1937–1941), Woody Herman (1941–1942), Kay Kyser (1942–1943), Benny Goodman, and Dave Hudkins.[2] In 1944, he enlisted in the Navy, and after returning he worked as a session musician, including dates with Red Nichols and Goodman.[2] In 1945, he led a quintet featuring Charlie Shavers and Nat King Cole on recording, and had three songs issued on Keynote Records in 1946.[2] In 1949 he recorded with Frank Sinatra and was killed in an automobile accident after a session;[2] he died in Santa Monica, California, on April 11.[1]


  1. ^ a b Vaché Sr, Warren (2003), Haymer, Herbie (Herbert), Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J195100
  2. ^ a b c d e Scott Yanow, Herbie Haymer at Allmusic

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