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Herman Riley


Herman Riley, Jr. was born in New Orleans, and began to study music while still in grammar school. He majored in music in high school, and went on to Southern University to further his education. His primary instrument was the tenor sax, but Herman became proficient on many more, including the oboe and English horn. While in college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After his discharge he continued on with his musical career, moving to Los Angeles in 1964. He became a much sought-after studio musician, and played on many TV shows and movie soundtracks during his long career. Herman toured Japan with Quincy Jones and played many festivals all over the globe, including the Monterey, Idyllwild, Concord, and New Orleans Heritage Jazz Festivals here at home


It's All Right With Me

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Organ Grinder Swing; It's All Right With Me; Midnight Special; Off the Top.


Article: Live Review

L.A. Jazz Scene 2008: Alive and Swingin'

Read "L.A. Jazz Scene 2008:  Alive and Swingin'" reviewed by Chuck Koton

The Los Angeles scene has often been referred to in patronizing terms by jazz lovers, musicians and writers. It has been said that the city's laid-back vibe deprives musicians of the energy that a New York audience can impart to the bandstand. Others complain that the growth of a hip jazz scene has been impeded by ...


Dot Com Blues

Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2000
Track listing: Only in It for the Money; 8 Counts for Rita; Strut; C.C. Rider; I Just Wanna Make Love to You; Mood Indigo; Over and Over; Three O'Clock Blues; Dot Com Blues; Mr. Johnson; Tuition Blues; Since I Met You Baby.



Label: IAJRC
Released: 1984


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