Marjorie Hyams

born on 9/8/1920 in New York City, NY, United States

died on 14/6/2012 in Monrovia, CA, United States

Alias Margie Hyams

Margie Hyams

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Margie Hyams

Marjorie "Marjie" Hyams (August 9, 1920 – June 14, 2012)[1] was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, and arranger. She began her career as a vibraphonist in the 1940s, playing with Woody Herman (from 1944 to 1945), the Hip Chicks (1945),[2] Mary Lou Williams (1946), Charlie Ventura (1946), George Shearing (from 1949 to 1950), and led her own groups, including a trio, which stayed together from 1945 to 1948, performing on 52nd Street in Manhattan.[3] The media, marquees, and promos often spelled her first-name "Margie;" but, she insisted that it was spelled with a "j."


Hyams had her own trio and quartet (1940-1944) and played with Woody Herman (1944-1945) and Flip Phillips in the mid-1940s. She formed another trio with guitarists such as Tal Farlow, Mundell Lowe, and Billy Bauer from 1945 to 1948. She also arranged and sang with Charlie Ventura, and recorded with Mary Lou Williams. Hyams joined George Shearing in (194951).

Woody Herman

Jack Siefert (Jacob William Siefert; born 1918), a lifelong friend of Woody Herman, introduced Hyams to Herman, who had already broken convention by hiring a female instrumentalist in 1941, Billie Rogers (born 1919).[4] Rogers played trumpet with Herman until 1943.[5] Hyams is one of Woody's exceptional alumni vibraphonists that included Terry Gibbs, Red Norvo, and Milt Jackson, all of whom, according to jazz author Doug Ramsey, were part of a Who's Who quality of an imaginary line-up that was staggering.[6]
In a sense, you weren't really looked upon as a musician, especially in clubs. There was more interest in what you were going to wear or how your hair was fixed — they just wanted you to look attractive, ultra feminine, largely because you were doing something they didn't consider feminine. Most of the time I fought it and didn't listen to them. [One of the ways you fought it was insisting on wearing a band uniform instead of a dress.] Only in retrospect, when you start looking back and analyzing, you can see the obstacles that were put in front of you. I just thought at the time that I was too young to handle it, but now I see that it was really rampant chauvinism.


On June 6, 1950, Marjie Hyams married William G. Ericsson (1927-1978)[7][8][9][10][11] in Chicago,[12] and, from 1951 to 1970, played, taught, and arranged in Chicago.[13]


  • Brother, Mark Hyams (1914-2007) was a jazz pianist who played with big bands, including those of Will Hudson (mid-1930s) and Spud Murphy (late 1930s). Mark married L'ana Webster (' Alleman; 1912-1997), a saxophonist and bandleader who was once married to jazz guitarist Jimmy Webster (James Donart Webster; 1908-1978)

Selected discography

Woody Herman
CBSs Old Gold Show Rehearsal, New York, September 27, 1944
 • 1-2-3-4 jump (Woodchoppers)
Hindsight 134, Jazz Unlimited (Denmark) 201-2085 CD
 • Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
Hindsight 134, Jazz Unlimited (Denmark) 201-2085 CD
 • Noah
Flip Phillips Fliptet
New York, October 2, 1944

Neal Hefti (trumpet), Bill Harris (trombone), Aaron Sachs (clarinet), Flip Phillips (tenor sax), Marjorie Hyams (vibraphone), Ralph Burns (piano), Billy Bauer (guitar), Chubby Jackson (bass), Dave Tough (drums)

S1: Skyscraper (Hyams not on this cut)
Signature 28106, Bob Thiele BBM1-1032, RCA (F) FXM3-7324
S2: Pappilloma
Signature 28106, Bob Thiele BBM1-1032
S3: A melody from the sky
Signature 28119, Br 80175, Bob Thiele BBM1-1032, RCA (F) FXM3-7324
S4: 1-2-3-4 jump (Woodchoppers)
Shelton 1201, Bob Thiele BBM1-1032

Notes: Bob Thiele BBM1-1032 titled "A melody from the sky." All above titles also on Doctor Jazz FW39419 titled "A melody from the sky" and Sony Music AK39419 CD titled "A melody from the sky"; see following sessions to late November 1945 for rest of CD.

Woody Herman
CBSs Old Gold Show Rehearsal, New York, October 4, 1944
 • Apple Honey
Hindsight 134
Woody Herman
AFRS Downbeat 141; possibly from CBSs Old Gold Shows, New York, August September 1944
 • Perdido
Jazum 55, First Heard (United Kingdom) FH36
 • Apply honey (arr. by Ralph Burns)
 • Always (Frances Wayne, vocal)
 • Noah (Woody Herman, vocal; arranged by Ralph Burns)
 • Half past jumpin' time (arranged by Neal Hefti)
(aka Jones Beachhead)
 • Two again (Frances Wayne, vocal)
Jazum 56, First Heard (United Kingdom) FH36
 • Golden wedding
 • Four or five times (Woody Herman Band, vocals)

Notes: All titles on Solid Sender (Germany) SOL506

Woody Herman
AFRS One Night Stand 396 Broadcast, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California, October 17, 1944
 • Who dat up dere?
Jass JCD621 CD
 • Let me love you tonight (Frances Wayne, vocal)
 • 'Tain't me (Woody Herman, vocal)
 • Time waits for no one (Frances Wayne, vocal; es arr)
 • I've got you under my skin (arranged by Ralph Burns)
 • Somebody loves me (Woody Herman, vocal)
 • Come out, come out, wherever you are, (Frances Wayne, vocal)
 • Woodchopper's ball
 • Theme

Notes: Opening night, during the band's stay in Hollywood they filmed Earl Carroll's Vanities for Republic Pictures in which they played Apple Honey (only the first half of the number is audible in the final print)

Source: Tom Lord Discography (2012)


General references

  1. The Complete Jazz At the Philharmonic On Verve, 194449, 10 CDs, Verve Records (1998) OCLC 50117266
  2. Scott Yanow, [Margie Hyams at All Music Guide Marjorie Hyams] at Allmusic
  3. The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900-1950, Three volumes, by Roger D. Kinkle (1916-2000), "Hyams" in Vol 2, Arlington House Publishers, New Rochelle, NY (1974) OCLC 897890 ISBN 0870002295 ISBN 9780870002298
  4. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Third edition, Eight volumes, edited by Colin Larkin, "Hyams in Vol 4, Muze, London (1998) Grove's Dictionaries, New York (1998) OCLC 39837948 ISBN 1561592374 ISBN 9781561592371 ISBN 033374134X ISBN 9780333741344
  5. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, First edition, Two volumes, edited by Barry Dean Kernfeld (born 1950), Macmillan Press, London (1988) OCLC 16804283 ISBN 0333398467 ISBN 9780333398463 ISBN 093585939X ISBN 9780935859393
  6. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, edited by Barry Dean Kernfeld (born 1950), St. Martin's Press, New York (1994) OCLC 30516743 ISBN 0312113579 ISBN 9780312113575
  7. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Second edition, Three volumes, edited by Barry Dean Kernfeld (born 1950), Macmillan Publishers, London (2002) OCLC 46956628 ISBN 1561592846 ISBN 9781561592845 ISBN 033369189X ISBN 9780333691892
  8. William D. Clancy, with Audree Coke Kenton, foreword by Steve Allen, Woody Herman: Chronicles of the Herds, Schirmer Books (1995) OCLC 243809412

Inline citations

  1. Passings Yvette Wilson, Margie Hyams. The Los Angeles Times (June 16, 2012).
  2. Gilbert Chase (1906-1992), American Music, From the Pilgrims to the Present, revised 3rd ed., pg. 522, University of Illinois Press (1987) OCLC 15017443 ISBN 0252062752
  3. Sally Joan Placksin (born 1948), American Women in Jazz, 1900 to Present, Wideview Books, 1982 OCLC 8280710 ISBN 9780872237605
  4. Gene Lees, Leader of the Band: The Life of Woody Herman, Oxford University Press (1995) OCLC 32013538 ISBN 019505671X ISBN 9780195056716 ISBN 01951-15740 ISBN 97801951-15741
  5. Jack Siefert Woody Herman Collection, 1913-1990, Smithsonian Institution Research Information System, Archives Center at American History, Call No. ACNMAH 0659
  6. Douglas K. Ramsey, Jazz Matters: Reflections on the Music & Some of Its Makers, pg. 118 University of Arkansas Press (1989) OCLC 1841-2169 ISBN 1557-280606 ISBN 9781557-280602 ISBN 1557-280614 ISBN 9781557-280619
  7. Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives, 1975 edition, Volume 2: Directors and Executives. New York: Standard & Poor's Corp. (1975) OCLC 1682253 OCLC 43331893
  8. Who's Who in America, 38th edition, 1974-1975, Marquis Who's Who, Wilmette, IL (1974) OCLC 23953115 ISBN 0837901383 ISBN 9780837901381
  9. Who's Who in America, 39th edition, 1976-1977, Marquis Who's Who, Wilmette, IL (1976) OCLC 23953086 ISBN 0837901391 ISBN 9780837901398
  10. Who's Who in America, 40th edition, 1978-1979, Marquis Who's Who, Wilmette, IL (1978) OCLC 4199915 ISBN 0837901405 ISBN 9780837901404
  11. Obituary: William G. Ericsson, Chicago Tribune, November 1, 1978
  12. Cook County, Illinois, Marriage Index, 1930-1960
  13. Marc Alyse Myers (born 1956), Interview: Marjorie Hyams, JazzWax, February 17, 2011
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