I was briefly involved with the Herb Sherry organization in the 80’s while trying to survive as a newcomer in New York City. Playing single engagements or “clubdates” was a way to make some low commitment money back then. Due to musicians being forced into lower echelon work by a collapsing music biz, I used to see some awesome players on these gigs.
There were two types of people; those who were into this kind of scene and those who were just passing through to get some bread. Anyway Herb himself doesn’t appear in this video but you get the idea of what it’s all about. He wasn’t a super warm guy to me. I remember the few sentences he spoke to me where approximately these:
“Are you working this Saturday? Are you working this Sunday? You aren’t working much, I’ll give you $100 for this Saturday night.”
Then when I’d see him on the gig:
“Get your hands out of your pockets.” and “No, don’t shake my hand you idiot.”
If I haven’t make myself clear yet, this was really corny shit and any attempt at creativity would elicit a sharp rebuke such as “NO JAZZ!!” from the band leader. Anyway, here’s my musical remembrance to “the CEO of Music,” Herb Sherry: a cocktail hour favorite called “Night and Day”.