THE JERRY HEY TRIBUTE PAGES
Jerry began his studio career in L.A. in 1976. Jerry was born (1950) and raised in Dixon, Illinois. The outstanding reputation of Indiana University's music program attracted him there, but after attending for two years, he wanted to put what he had learned to work. While at Indiana, Jerry met Larry Williams and Kim Hutchcroft, who all three, would later become the legendary Seawind Horns.
Jerry on how he got into horn arranging:
"My father played trombone and my mother played piano. I also have two
older brothers who played brass instruments, so there was music
around the house all the time. I began playing trumpet at a very early
age, and studied to be a professional musician. then when I was with
Seawind, we moved to Los Angeles, where we played every Tuesday for a
couple years at the Baked Potato. Soon after that Quincy Jones heard
about the horn section and called us in on one of his recordings. From
that point on Quincy was responsible for my being an arranger. he
gave me the freedom to try anything and taught me what did and didn’t
work, and how I could improve on what I had done."
A snippet of Jerry's recent interview with Film Music magazine
available at www.filmmusicmag.com
FMM: Who are your favorite trumpet players to work with?
JH: I have worked with Gary Grant for 35 years now, so it's like
playing with your best friend and your brother.... Malcolm McNab is
certainly one of the finest trumpet players in L.A. for the movies.
I've seen him in some pretty dangerous situations and he always comes
through. Warren Luening is also another great trumpet player. There
are are quite a few here... Chuck Findley can play anything.
FMM: How does the fact that you've got perfect pitch affect play
into what you do and is it a curse or a blessing?
JH: It's a little bit of both, actually. As an arranger, which is
what I'm known for, people send me CD's or mp3's of songs with no
music that they want you to do an arrangement for. You have to have
a copy of the chords and the form of the song, so with perfect pitch,
doing that is like reading for me. I can hear a song one time and in
the time that it takes to play, I can take off the chords and the
form and have all the appropriate chord voicings down pretty well...
FMM: What do you like in terms of microphones?
JH: For trumpet, we've been using Royer a lot.... In certain
situations where there's high intensity...where the trumpets really
need to kick and you need a little more top end, I have a Neumann M54
tube that I had Klaus Heyne redo... I love, of course, the Neumann
U67 and U47, although it's hard to find really good ones. The AKG
414...that's one tough mic for a trumpet...it certainly brings out
all the nasty parts of the trumpet...It certainly wouldn't be my
microphone of choice for trumpet.
FMM: Do you still play trumpet every day?
JH: I do whether I need to or not. I will do that probably as long
as I'm here. It's in my daily routine, and if I don't do it, I feel
guilty.... My trumpet teacher, Mr. William Adam from Indiana
University, was maybe the greatest person I've ever met; he instilled
a work ethic that everybody that's ever taken from him has gotten in
their blood. So I'll be playing trumpet for a while.
RARE JERRY HEY AUDIO
"I Keep Callin'" - Al Jarreau
This is one of those great tunes that time has forgotten. "I Keep Callin'" was originally released as a single, and was also added (in limited edition) to the cassette version of Al Jarreau's "Jarreau" record. Once again, Al, Jerry, producer / writer / guitarist Jay Graydon and the Hey Horns are in amazing form. This site may be the only place on the internet to find this lost treasure - GW.
"The Sterling Shuffle"
Trumpets: Jerry, Charlie Davis, Gary Grant, Larry Hall.
"Bix" - Airplay
Trumpets: Jerry, Gary Grant, Steve Madaio; Trombones: Bill Reichenbach, Charlie Loper, Lew McCreary
"Girls Know How" - Al Jarreau
This is from the movie "Night Shift" starring Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton. It is an underrated, awesome tune written by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Al Jarreau, David Foster, and studio guitarist Jay Graydon. Jerry's horn arrangement makes it even better.
"You Are A Winner" - Earth, Wind, and Fire
Horns: same as "Lady Sun"
Jerry told me that this is his favorite horn arrangement of all he's ever done
"Invitation" - Larry Williams
This is not Jerry's arrangement (it's his old Seawind buddy, Larry Williams'). However, Jerry still sounds burnin' playing lead on a tune where Larry assembled the old Seawind section: Jerry, Gary Grant, Chuck Findley, Bill Reichenbach and himself. The great Pauline Wilson (of Seawind) is on vocals.
"Let's Get Serious" - Jermaine Jackson
"Lambada Nova" - Yutaka
Horns: Jerry, Gary Grant, Kim Hutchcroft, Bill Reichenbach
A little different for Jerry, but still another great horn chart. Pauline Wilson is again on vocals
"Mambo Mucho Ado" - Bill Reichenbach
Horns: Jerry, Gary Grant, Bill Reichenbach, Dan Higgins
Again, this is not Jerry's horn chart - but I decided to include it because it's vintage Jerry. It's the theme to HBO's comedy series "One Night Stand"
Jerry interview on Jazz Player Radio
Chuck Findley talking about Jerry Hey
Jerry's interview at QueenLatifah.com