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Herb Pomeroy
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Herb Pomeroy has spent most of his career as an important and influential educator. The result has been that his own trumpet playing was underrated and not very well-documented during his prime years. Pomeroy studied music at Schillinger House in Boston, which later became the Berklee School of Music. Always based in Massachusetts, the bop-ish trumpeter gigged with Charlie Parker (a couple of concerts were later released), Lionel Hampton, and Stan Kenton (1954). He recorded with Serge Chaloff and as a leader for the Transition label (1955). Pomeroy began teaching at Berklee in 1955, and was on its faculty for 40 years, touching the careers of scores of young jazz greats. In addition, he taught at the Lenox School of Music for a couple years and usually led a local orchestra filled with his students. Herb Pomeroy, who also recorded as a leader of big band sets for Roulette (1957), United Artists (1958), and Shiah (1980), began to concentrate more on his own playing upon his retirement from teaching. In late 1996, he made an Arbors CD with singer Donna Byrne. Scott Yanow

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