Listen to an AWESOME interview of Jerry about his life and career here:
Jerry Hey on JPR.mp3
(this interview is over an hour long!)

The interview also includes commentary by:

Gary Grant
Cindy Hey (Jerry's wife)
Chuck Findley
Arturo Sandoval


 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

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 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.



"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.

I Keep Callin' - (remix).mp3


"The Sterling Shuffle"

Sterling Shuffle.mp3

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

You Are A Winner.mp3


"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

Lambada Nova (You're Good for Me).mp3


"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"

Mambo Mucho Ado.mp3

More GREAT ones!...

"Burn This Disco Out" - Michael Jackson



"Can't Wait" - Seawind

Can't Wait.mp3


"Evolution Orange" - Earth, Wind, and Fire


"Sticky Wicket" - Al Jarreau



"Trouble In Paradise" - Al Jarreau

Trouble In Paradise (horn outro).mp3



Jerry interview on Jazz Player Radio

Chuck Findley talking about Jerry Hey

Jerry's interview at


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