Herbie Haymer

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

Early life

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]

Later life and career

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. Vaché Sr, Warren (2003), Haymer, Herbie (Herbert), Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, retrieved December 19, 2018
  2. Scott Yanow, Herbie Haymer at Allmusic
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