Jerry Hey is an American trumpeter, flugelhornist, horn arranger, string arranger, orchestrator and session musician who has played on hundreds of commercial recordings, including Thriller and the distinctive flugelhorn solo on Dan Fogelberg’s hit “Longer”.
He is known as the Seawind trumpeter and arranger who plays with Gary Grant, Larry Williams and Bill Reichenbach Jr..
Jerry Hey was born in Dixon, Illinois, in 1950, to parents well known in the area for their involvement in music. He attended the National Music Camp for two summers. While in college, Hey studied under Bill Adam at Indiana University.
He composed and arranged the song “Jedi Rocks” for the 1997 Special Edition re-release of Return of the Jedi.
He co-produced four songs on Lisa Stansfield’s 2014 album, Seven.
Jerry Hey winning Grammy Awards:
- 1981 – Best Instrumental Arrangement : Jerry Hey & Quincy Jones (arrangers) for “Dinorah, Dinorah” performed by George Benson
- 1982 – Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) : Jerry Hey & Quincy Jones (arrangers) for “Ai No Corrida” performed by Quincy Jones
- 1983 – Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) : Jerry Hey & David Paich, Jeff Porcaro (arrangers) for “Rosanna” performed by Toto
- 1984 – Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or A Television Special :Michael Boddicker, Irene Cara, Kim Carnes, Douglas Cotler, Keith Forsey, Richard Gilbert, Jerry Hey, Duane Hitchings, Craig Krampf, Ronald Magness, Dennis Matkosky, Giorgio Moroder, Phil Ramone, Michael Sembello, Shandi Sinnamon (composers) for Flashdance performed by various artists
- 1991 – Best Arrangement on an Instrumental :Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones, Ian Prince & Rod Temperton (arrangers) for “Birdland” performed by Quincy Jones