Gerry Hemingway

Gerry Hemingway (born March 23, 1955)[1] is an American drummer and composer.[2]

Gerry Hemingway
Gerry Hemingway, Moers Festival 2007
Gerry Hemingway, Moers Festival 2007
Background information
Born (1955-03-23) March 23, 1955 (age 67)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.[1]
GenresAvant-garde jazz, Free jazz, Free improvisation
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, record label owner
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, vibraphone, harmonica, voice, vocals, tape, sampler, electronics, live electronics
Years active1970s–present

Hemingway was a member of the Anthony Braxton quartet from 1983 to 1994.[3] He has also performed with Ernst Reijseger, Anthony Davis, Earl Howard, Leo Smith, George E. Lewis, Ray Anderson, Mark Helias, Reggie Workman, Michael Moore, Oliver Lake, Marilyn Crispell, Christy Doran, John Wolf Brennan, Don Byron, Cecil Taylor, and Cuong Vu.[1]

Hemingway received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work in music composition in 2000,[4] and was a student of Alan Dawson. He is a graduate of Foote School in New Haven. He has recorded on over one hundred albums for the labels Clean Feed, Enja, hatArt, Palmetto, Random Acoustics, and Tzadik. He owns his own label, Auricle.


As leaderEdit

Gerry Hemingway

  • Kwambe (Auricle, 1979)
  • Solo Works (Auricle, 1982)
  • Tub Works (Sound Aspects, 1988)
  • Electro-Acoustic Solo Works (1984–95) (Random Acoustics, 1996)
  • Acoustic Solo Works (1983–94) (Random Acoustics, 1996)
  • Chamber Works (Tzadik, 1999)
  • Songs (Between the Lines, 2002)

Gerry Hemingway Quintet

  • Outer Bridge Crossing (Sound Aspects, 1987)
  • Special Detail (hatArt, 1991)
  • Demon Chaser (hatArt, 1993)
  • Slamadam (Random Acoustics, 1995)
  • The Marmalade King (hatArt, 1995)
  • 'Perfect World (Random Acoustics, 1996)
  • Waltzes, Two–Steps & other Matters of the Heart (GM, 1999)
  • Double Blues Crossing (Between the Lines, 2002)
  • Riptide (Clean Feed, 2011)

Gerry Hemingway Quartet

  • Down to the Wire (hatArt, 1997)
  • Johnny's Corner Song (Auricle, 1998)
  • Devil's Paradise (Clean Feed, 2003)
  • The Whimbler (Clean Feed, 2005)

With Georg Gräewe, Ernst Reijseger

  • View from Points West (Music & Arts, 1991)
  • Saturn Cycle (Music & Arts, 1994)

As sidemanEdit

With Anthony Braxton

With Samuel Blaser

  • A Mirror to Machaut (Blaser Music, 2013)
  • Fourth Landscape (Nuscope, 2013)
  • Oostum (No Business Records, 2018)
  • Early in the Mornin (OutNote Records, 2018)
  • Moods (Blaser Music, 2021)

With Marilyn Crispell

With Maybe Monday

With Reggie Workman


  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 197. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ Lynch, Dave. "Gerry Hemingway: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  3. ^ Harms, Ted. "An Interview With Gerry Hemingway". Critical Studies in Improvisation. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Gerry Hemingway". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 16 June 2020.

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