From Dixon Illinois, Jerry Hey was born in 1950 to a pianist mother and trombonist father and had two older brothers who played trombone and tuba. He started playing at an early age on his older brother’s boy-scout bugle and studied with his grade school band director whose sons were also brass players. In high school, Jerry studied with Chicago Symphony trumpet player Charlie Geyer, who went on to teach at Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, and now Rice University with his wife, Barbara Butler. After high school, Jerry attended Indiana University and studied with Mr. William Adam, where he met several lifelong friends including Larry Hall. Larry went to Hawaii to play shows and ended up calling to see if Jerry would be interested in joining him there. After moving to Hawaii, they called Larry Williams and several others to see if they would also like to move to Hawaii. As a result, Seawind was formed with Ken Wild on bass, Bob Wilson on drums, Kim Hutchcroft on sax, Larry Williams on keys and sax, and Pauline Wilson on vocals. Gary Grant moved to Hawaii a few months after Jerry arrived and they became close friends and colleagues. The band moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and recorded two albums for CTI records under the production of Harvey Mason.Seawind’s third and fourth records were produced by Tommy Lipuma and George Duke for the Horizon label, a division of A&M. By then, Gary Grant had been in LA for a year and had quickly established himself as a first call session player. When Seawind made the move to LA, Gary asked Jerry to play on sessions with him which helped start his studio career. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Quincy Jones called and asked Jerry to play and arrange on an album he was recording called “I Heard That”. After that session Jerry, along with many of his colleagues, have been asked to play on all of Quincy’s productions. Jerry Hey has recorded on hundreds of sessions with a who’s who list of the most widely known musicians in the world. He has won and been nominated for numerous Grammy awards and continues to write, produce and conduct in the studios in Los Angeles and around the world.

Some of his awards include: Voted Trumpet MVP 3 times and Emeritus Status, 6 Grammys and 15 Grammy Nominations & 1 Oscar Nomination for Color Purple Records. He has arranged and recorded with Quincy Jones, Nik Kershaw, Michael Jackson, George Benson, James Ingram, Barbara Streisand, Patti Austin, Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, Bette Midler, David Foster productions, Elton John, Al Jarreau, Mary J. Blige, Earth Wind and Fire, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, George Duke, Frank Sinatra, The Brothers Johnson, Aretha Franklin, Michael Buble, Dan Fogelberg, Lionel Richie, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Narada Michael Walden, Celine Dion, Karen Carpenter, Natalie Cole, Lisa Stansfield, Toto, Luis Miguel, Lee Ritenour, Dirty Loops and many others. His movie credits include: Back to the Future I, II, III, Little Mermaid, Forrest Gump, Beauty and the Beast, Grumpy Old Men, Sing, The Star Wars trilogy, Get On Up – James Brown Notebook, Dreamgirls, Flashdance, The Last Waltz, Roger Rabbit, The Proposal and more. Some of his TV recordings include: The Simpsons, Moonlighting, Donny and Marie, Ally McBeal, Rich Man, Poor Man & The Wiz Live.
Jerry lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Cindy, who he met in his freshman year in high school. Their daughter, Lindsay lives in Minneapolis with her partner, Liz, and their son, Jude. Their son, Andrew, lives in North Hollywood with his wife Megan, and is a recording engineer working for Harvey Mason Jr., among others!