Jerry Jerome

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


19 June 1912, New York City, New York, USA, d. 17 November 2001, Sarasota, Florida, USA. In 1935, after playing tenor saxophone part-time in dance bands as a means of paying his way through medical school, Jerome opted for a career in music. The following year he was in Glenn Miller’s short-lived band, then played with Red Norvo and Artie Shaw and in 1938 became a member of Benny Goodman’s highly-popular band. In 1940 he was back with Shaw, but freelanced on record sessions with Lionel Hampton. Two years later he was mostly working in studios, occasionally playing on record sessions and carrying out executive duties with record companies. By the end of the 40s he was fully immersed in broadcasting, as a conductor, composer, arranger and musical director. Highly regarded by the band leaders for whom he worked, and to whose performances he contributed many fine jazz solos, Jerome eventually retired from his formal work in music, but continued to play for...

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