Margie Hyams

Margie Hyams, 91, a vibraphonist who played with bandleaders Woody Herman and George Shearing as well as with her own jazz trio in the 1940s, died Thursday of renal failure at Arcadia Methodist Hospital, said her daughter Lisa Ericsson. Born Aug. 9, 1920, in New York, Hyams played the vibes with Herman's First Herd in 1944 and '45, then formed a trio and also appeared with Mary Lou Williams and Charlie Ventura until 1949, when she was invited to join Shearing, the blind piano virtuoso. She was a member of his original quintet and recorded with it the classic "September in the Rain." She retired in 1950 after marrying William Ericsson.

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I remember when that record hit the charts. It was an all time favorite in my neighborhood and high schools, Cass Tech and Northwestern. While many other tunes were hitting the jazz charts, especially Parker's, September In The Rain, was the cool one. And at that time I never suspected that the vibes player was a woman. She must have been real cool.


i wish we could know more about her. she quit and then that was it, huh? did she play around her town? did she teach?

In 2009 we had talked about her and I had done a little post with links:
I never could find trace of her since the 50's... RIP

marie you made my day. i always wanted to hear about her! thanks so much! you're incredible.

here's the interview. i want to archive it here.

Thanks tony I love her playing, and i think she should have done more, unfortunately she choose for the family rather than music...I respect her hard decision

i really think she was a great player.

I didn't know her, but may she rest in peace.


Thanks Gary for remembering a great lady and Marie that site with the interview is a treasure trove, she was a great lady and wonderful musician. Thanks for posting guys.


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Then, i will answer.
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