Victor L. Schermer
Former trombonist who now works as a psychologist.
I'm a former trombonist who now works as a psychologist scholar, and
free-lance journalist and author. During my high school and college
years in the '50's and '60's, I was a musician and jazz fan in New
York City, studied trombone with Alan Raph and went to many jazz
events at clubs and jazz festivals. I then decided to become a
psychologist and attended the University of Pennsylvania. This
explains my migration to Philadelphia, where I have practiced
psychology in recent years. In the '90's my "jazz fever" returned,
and, through my friend, jazz pianist Tom Lawton, I met many of the
jazz musicians in the Philadelphia area. I especially recall
conversations with the great bassist, the late Al Stouffer, which
stirred my interest in the lives and fortunes of the musicians
themselves. Meanwhile, I listened intensely to jazz on CD, mostly the
icons, like Trane and Miles. When I started looking on the web, I
reviewed one of the great J.J. Johnson's recent CD's on his own
website, run by trombonist Matt Calvert. J.J. appreciated it very
much, and was pleased to be interviewed by me.
I then made contact with Mike Ricci of All About Jazz, and began to
interview local and international musicians. This led to my joyful
association with All About Jazz and my exchanges with wonderful
musicians like Dave Liebman, Uri Caine, Pat Martino. and many others.
I am broadly interested in furthering jazz, music, and the arts in
Philadelphia. I hope to continue my work with All About Jazz well into
- Anything by pianist Bill Evans, but especially "Waltz for Debbie"
- Irene Kral "Better than Anything," with the Junior Mance Quartet
- Pat Martino "Timeless" - a great compilation
- Miles Davis: "Sketches of Spain;" "Kind of Blue"
- Anything by Charlie Parker
- Jim Ridl: "Five Minutes of Madness and Joy"
- Anything by John Coltrane, but especially "Soul Trane"
- "Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane"
- Anything by J.J. Johnson, but especially "JJ Incorporated, vols I and II", and "Vivian"