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Trumpeter and Educator Herb Pomeroy

Pomeroy began his musical career as a sideman in the big bands of Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, and Stan Kenton until forming his own big band in the late 1950s. A master of music theory and improvisation, Pomeroy has a passion for jazz performance rivaled only by his dedication to teaching. Here, Pomeroy describes how he went from intending to become a dentist to becoming one of the most respected trumpeters and educators in jazz. Pomeroy paints a picture of the 1950s Boston jazz scene and tells us how he came to play with Charlie Parker, who often hired Pomeroy when he hit Boston's Hi-Hat and Storyville clubs. We also hear Pomeroy in the classroom at Boston's Berklee College of Music, where he taught for more than 40 years. Pomeroy died on Aug. 21, 2007, after a long struggle with cancer.

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