Henry Jerome

Henry Jerome

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Henry Jerome
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The "Brazen Brass" man (born November 12, 1917; New York, NY). Jerome started as a bandleader in high school, and went to work full-time with a cadre of his classmates (including future Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan) after graduation. From the mid-1930s through the end of the 1940s, Jerome ran the band in some form continuously, working steamships, hotels, and circuits. In its various guises, the Jerome band was a "sweet" band, specializing in light ballads and moderate tempos.

After breaking up the band, Jerome went into record producing, and ended up forming a new studio band to release a series of LPs for Decca under the moniker of "Brazen Brass." While Jerome was inspired by the success of Enoch Light's "Persuasive Percussion" album and sound, he deserves credit at least for dumping the sweet sound for something bold, splashy, and, well, brazen. The trademark "brazen" sound was enhanced through stereo by recording an equal number of trumpets on each channel, muted horns on the right and open horns on the left. According to Jerome, the technique was "To have my open brass section on left speaker talk musically to the muted brass section on the right speaker in musical phrases and be able to reverse them which was unheard of in those days and was one of the reasons for its tremendous sale--Worldwide #1 (4 of them in the top 10 at the same time)." Jerome produced and conducted nine Brazen Brass albums for Decca, as well as several more conventional sweet albums, until he left to become an A&R man for Coral in 1959. He released one more "brazen" style album in the late 1960s, for United Artists.

Trumpeter Henry Jerome formed his first orchestra in the mid-1930s. The ten-piece outfit received some notoriety via remote broadcasts on ABC from the Green Room at the Edison Hotel. Early vocalists were David Allen and Frank Warren. Though barely adequate musically Henry Jerome and His Stepping Tones found steady work on the hotel ballroom circuit during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Kay Carlton was vocalist.
Jerome completely reorganized in 1944, modernizing his sound. His new lineup featured bop arrangements, courtesy of Johnny Mandel, which were surprisingly ahead of their time. Of note in Jerome's later line-up was future Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan on bass clarinet and future Nixon-administration White House Counsel Leonard Garment on saxophone. It was this association from Jerome's band that made the two men friends and eventually caused Garment to recommend Greenspan for the job of Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Nixon later named Greenspan to his current job.
Though Jerome's new sound excited critics it proved too noncommercial, and he disbanded in the late 1940s, becoming musical director at Decca. While there he released a series of popular orchestrated albums called ''Brazen Brass.'' In 1959 he took the position of A&R director at Coral Records, where he worked with a number of early rock and roll groups, including the Rock and Roll Trio and Lenny Dell and the Demensions. During the 1960s Jerome recorded an album on the United Artists label. Jerome also composed the theme songs to two popular television programs, The Soupy Sales Show and Winky-Dink and You.
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Henry Jerome Discography

Albums

Henry Jerome Henry's Trumpets (Album) United Artists Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Henry Jerome American Gold United Artists Records, United Artists Records, United Artists Records Canada 1970 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

31597 Henry Jerome That Haunting Theme(7") Decca 31597 US 1964 Sell This Version
UA 50233 Henry Jerome Henry's Trumpets / Tipica Serenada(7", Single, Mono, Promo) United Artists Records UA 50233 US 1967 Sell This Version
Henry Jerome Big Spender / World Of Love United Artists Records Australia 1969 Sell This Version
UA 50560 Henry Jerome Oh, Calcutta(7", Promo) United Artists Records UA 50560 US 1969 Sell This Version
Henry Jerome Uptight (Everything's Alright) / The Shadow Of Your Smile United Artists Records US 1970 Sell This Version
Henry Jerome - Brazen Brass '76* One / Freedom (Single) Private Stock US 1976 Sell This Version
UA 50275 Henry Jerome Alfie / Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You(7", Single, Mono, Promo) United Artists Records UA 50275 US Unknown Sell This Version
MK502A Henry Jerome Uptight (Everything's Alright) (Acetate, 7") Emidisc (3) MK502A Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

89/90 Jan Savitt / Smith Ballew / Neal Hefti / Ray Herbeck / Paul Specht / Griff Williams / Henry Jerome Jan Savitt / Smith Ballew / Neal Hefti / Ray Herbeck / Paul Specht / Griff Williams / Henry Jerome - The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band Era(2xLP, Comp, Red + Box) The Franklin Mint Record Society 89/90 US 1985 Sell This Version

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