Herbie Haymer (1916–1949) was an American jazz reedist, known primarily as a saxophonist in big bands.
Haymer played alto saxophone from age 15 and picked up tenor at age 20. He played with the Carl Sears-Johnny Watson Band, then played with Rudy Vallee, Charlie Barnet, Red Norvo (1935–1937), Jimmy Dorsey (1937–1941), Woody Herman (1941–1942), Kay Kyser (1942–1943), Benny Goodman (1943) and Dave Hudkins (1944). In 1944 he enlisted in the Navy, and after returning in 1945 he worked as a session musician in
in addition to dates with Red Nichols and Goodman. In 1945 he led a quintet
featuring Charlie Shavers and Nat King Cole on recording, and had three songs
issued on Keynote Records in 1946. In 1949 he recorded with Frank Sinatra and
was killed in an automobile accident after a session.
Charlie Shavers t / Herbie Haymer ts / Nat King Cole p / John Simmons sb / Buddy Rich d.
Recorded in Los Angeles on June 9, 1945.