Jerry Hey (born 1950) is an American trumpeter, flugelhornist, horn arranger, string arranger, orchestrator and session musician who has played on hundreds of commercial recordings,[1][2] including Michael Jackson's Thriller,[3] Rock with You, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, Workin’ Day and Night[4] and the flugelhorn solo on Dan Fogelberg's hit "Longer". Additionally, he has performed with artists such as George Benson, Nik Kershaw, Al Jarreau, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, George Duke, Lionel Ritchie, Rufus and Chaka Kahn, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Patti Austin, among many others.[5][6][7]

Jerry Hey
Hey in 1979
Hey in 1979
Background information
Born1950 (age 72–73)
Dixon, Illinois, U.S.
GenresJazz, jazz rock, jazz fusion, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, bandleader
Instrument(s)Trumpet, flugelhorn
Years active1960s-present
Formerly of

He is known as the Seawind trumpeter and arranger who plays with Gary Grant, Larry Williams and Bill Reichenbach Jr..


Jerry Hey was born in 1950 in Dixon, Illinois to a family of musicians. His mother was a pianist and his father was a trombonist. Jerry also had two older brothers who played the trombone and tuba. After completing high school, Jerry attended the National Music Camp for two summers. While in college, Hey studied under Bill Adam at Indiana University.[8][7]

Jerry then relocated to Hawaii to become a member of Seawind band.[9][7]

In 1976, Jerry Hey moved to Los Angeles with the Seawind and recorded two albums for CTI Records under the direction of Harvey Mason.[9][6]

When Jerry Hey and Seawind moved to Los Angeles, Gary Grant had already been in the city for a year and was a well-known session player. He invited Jerry to join him on recording sessions, which helped to launch Jerry's career as a studio musician.[9][7]

Soon after arriving in LA, Quincy Jones got in touch with Jerry to ask him to play and arrange for an album titled “I Heard That!!”. Following that session, Jerry and his associates were invited to perform on every one of Quincy's recordings.[9][7] Hey later worked as a musician and arranger with David Foster.[5][6][10]

Jerry is the uncle of American keyboardist, songwriter, producer, arranger and musical director Henry Hey.

He composed and arranged the song "Jedi Rocks" for the 1997 Special Edition re-release of Return of the Jedi. He co-produced four songs on Lisa Stansfield's 2014 album, Seven.

Hey has received 6 Grammy Awards and 11 nominations.[11]


Grammy Awards[12]Edit


With Earth, Wind & Fire

With The Brothers Johnson

With Luis Miguel

With Lalo Schifrin

With Aretha Franklin

With Elton John

With Olivia Newton-John

With Bob Seger

With Kenny Rogers

With Syreeta Wright

With Joe Cocker

With Cher

With Dionne Warwick

With Cheryl Lynn

With Celine Dion

With Jon Anderson

With Patti LaBelle

With Shelby Lynne

With Thelma Houston

With Selena

With Barry Manilow

With Taylor Dayne

With Patti Austin

With Michael Bolton

With Jeffrey Osborne

With Lisa Stansfield

With Anita Baker

With Stevie Nicks

With Christopher Cross

With Dan Fogelberg

With Tanya Tucker

With David Crosby

With Kenny Loggins

With Minnie Riperton

With Steve Cropper

  • Playin' My Thang (MCA, 1981)

With Brenda Russell

With Stephanie Mills

With Joni Mitchell

With Melissa Manchester

With Jim Messina

  • Messina (Warner Bros., 1981)

With Deniece Williams

  • Hot on the Trail (Columbia, 1986)
  • As Good as It Gets (Columbia, 1988)
  • Special Love (Sparrow, 1989)

With Teena Marie

With Peter Allen

  • Bi-Coastal (A&M, 1980)
  • Not The Boy Next Door (Arista, 1983)

With Beth Hart

With Donna Summer

With Paul Anka

  • The Music Man (United Artists, 1976)

With Chaka Khan

With Barry Mann

  • Barry Mann (Casablanca, 1980)

With Melanie C

With Sheena Easton

With John Mayer

With Dolly Parton

With Boz Scaggs

With Randy Crawford

  • Windsong (Warner Bros., 1982)

With Rickie Lee Jones

With Carole Bayer Sager

  • ...Too (Elektra, 1978)
  • Sometimes Late at Night (The Boardwalk Entertainment, 1981)

With Paul McCartney

With Michael McDonald

With Michael Jackson

With Desmond Child

With Betty Wright

  • Betty Wright (Epic, 1981)

With Roberta Flack

With Richard Marx

With Mika

With Philip Bailey

With Rod Stewart

With Randy Newman

With Natalie Cole

With B.B. King

With Peter Cetera

With Nicolette Larson

With Barbra Streisand

With Jennifer Warnes

With Rob Thomas

With Laura Branigan

With Jimmy Webb

With Al Jarreau

With Jennifer Holliday

With James Last Band

  • Seduction (Polydor, 1980)

With George Benson

With Livingston Taylor

With Neil Diamond

With Michael Franks

With Atkins

  • Atkins (also does the horn section on Keep Trying) (Warner Bros., 1982)

With Darren Kramer Organization

  • The Darren Kramer Organization (1998)

With Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

With Miho Nakayama

With Pauline Wilson

  • Tribute (McClees Corp., 2001)

With The Square/T-SQUARE

With Dave Weckl/Dave Weckl Band

  • Master Plan (GRP, 1990)
  • Live (and very plugged in) (Stretch, 2003)

With David Foster

  • David Foster (Atlantic, 1986)
  • The Christmas Album (Interscope Records, 1995)

With Wilson Phillips


As sideman on soundtrack recordings[13][14][15]


  1. ^ "Jerry Hey Discography". Discogs. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  2. ^ "Jerry Hey | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Owsinski, Bobby; Ill, Paul (August 1, 2009). The Studio Musician's Handbook. University of Arkansas Press. pp. 247–248. ISBN 978-1-4234-6341-2. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  4. ^ jacobtrumpet (December 5, 2013). "Jerry Hey". Jacob Phillips. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Interview: Jerry Hey, Pop Music's Go-Go Man for Horn and String Arrangements". Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c Davis, Michael (April 1, 2012). "Jerry Hey". Hip-Bone Music. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  7. ^ a b c d e Splett, Thomas (March 8, 2019). "Interview with the legendary American trumpeter and arranger Jerry Hey –". Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  8. ^ Davis, Michael (April 1, 2012). "Jerry Hey". Hip-Bone Music. Retrieved May 10, 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d "Jerry Hey". Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  10. ^ "Awards". David Foster. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  11. ^ "Jerry Hey". November 23, 2020. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  12. ^ "Artist: Jerry Hey". Retrieved July 11, 2022.
  13. ^ "Jerry Hey". IMDb. Retrieved July 11, 2022.
  14. ^ "Jerry Hey Biography". December 17, 2001. Archived from the original on December 17, 2001.
  15. ^ Meeker, David (2019). Jazz on the screen: A Jazz and Blues Filmography (PDF).

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