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Herb Pomeroy

Herb PomeroyRemembrances for trumpeter, bandleader, educator and Boston jazz mainstay Herb Pomeroy are beginning to appear around the Internet as news of his death this past Saturday spreads. Marc Myers ruminates on Pomeroy’s musical legacy over at Jazzwax, and there’s an obituary in today’s edition of the Boston Globe. Pomeroy was another “hidden hero” of the jazz world, whose contributions far outweighed his profile (although he was certainly well-known and liked on the New England jazz scene). Several years ago I e-mailed Mosaic Records with the suggestion that they put together a 3-CD Mosaic Select set of Pomeroy’s late-1950s recordings, featuring a Boston-area big band that’s become legendary. They were enthusiastic about the idea and I still have hopes that such a set may eventually be released. (One potential album, vocalist Irene Kral’s The Band and I, has since been reissued as a single CD. The focus is much more on Kral, however, and it gives you only a hint of what Pomeroy’s band sounded like.) To get a sense of the Boston scene from which Pomeroy emerged, check out our Boppin’ in Beantown program (which includes Pomeroy himself on a couple of tracks).

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • Jon Foley

    Very interesting that you say –

    “Several years ago I e-mailed Mosaic Records with the suggestion that they put together a 3-CD Mosaic Select set of Pomeroy’s late-1950s recordings, featuring a Boston-area big band that’s become legendary. They were enthusiastic about the idea and I still have hopes that such a set may eventually be released.”

    I’ve been bugging them for years to do a Pomeroy set and Michael Cuscuna always expressed a definite lack of enthusiasm for the idea. I hope that you’re right that they seemed enthusiastic about it. Did you communicate with him or someone else?
    Besides the UA and Roulette albums, there are two other live recordings, one on Shiah Records and one on Red Rose.

  • http://nightlights.blogs.wfiu.org/ David

    Jon, if I recall correctly, my first exchange was with MC, who said the idea was “Intriguing…risky, but tempting.” So maybe there was concern about how well it would sell? A few months later I received an unsigned reply saying that a possible Pomeroy set was “still on the list, but nothing definite.” If I hear any more updates, I’ll post them…glad to know somebody else has lobbied for such a collection as well.
    David

  • http://same George Causey

    I was the first male flutist(only) student at Berklee.
    Everyone expected me to play Sax( flute as a novelty).
    Just before Big Band ensemble;
    Herb: “Hey man……No sheet music huh ? “.
    Me:….Sadly…..No.
    Herb: Don’t letum shut you out…..Levy !… give him a piano score.
    Class of: 57
    I;ll always remember ya Herb,,,,Thanks

    K-George Causey Former: 1st Sgt(20yrs Armed Forces Radio…News
    caster/Jazz D.J.,And Same at Radio sta; KPCC FM Pasadena, CA

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