Herbie Fields

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Herbie Fields, circa June 1946.
Photograph by William P. Gottlieb .

Herbie Fields (born May 24, 1919 in Asbury Park or Elisabeth (New Jersey) , † September 17, 1958 in Miami , Florida ) was an American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist of swing .

Fields attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York from 1936 to 1938 . Then he was with Raymond Scott and the Leonard Ware Trio, served as a soldier from 1941 to 1943 while leading an army band in Fort Dix. He then founded his own band and in 1944 played the alto saxophone and clarinet with Lionel Hampton , the only white musician and successor to Earl Bostic . There he had with "Hey Bop a Rebop" a hit and won the 1945 New Star Award of the Esquire Magazine for alto saxophone.

In 1946 he had his own band again until 1947, which recorded for RCA Victor . In the band played u. a. Neal Hefti , Bernie Glow , Manny Albam , Al Klink , Marty Napoleon and Serge Chaloff . They were initially based on the Hampton Band, but played dance music with a rhythm and blues touch, with which they had moderate success. Fields converted the big band into a quintet and then into a septet, in which Frank Rosolino and Tiny Kahn played in 1949/50 . Fields then moved to Miami where he ran a restaurant. He took his last recordings in February 1958. In September of the same year he committed suicide using sleeping pills.

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