Jack Feierman, who was musical director for Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme and a conductor for Johnny Mathis, Sergio Mendez, Jose Feliciano, the Osmonds, the Lennon Sisters, Frank Sinatra and Natalie Cole, died at his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home on Tuesday, January 19. He was 91.
He has also played trumpet for numerous TV shows, recordings and movies, besides playing with the Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Billy May bands and was first trumpet with the Count Basie Band.
High points of his career included the Frank Sinatra Diamond Jubilee, world tours with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and command performances for the Royal Family of England and at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., for President and Mrs. Reagan.
His TV performances included editions of the Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes. He also conducted a number of symphony orchestras.
For the last several decades Jack was a member of the Steve Speigl Band as well as the Johnny Vana Alumni All-Stars, still playing at age 91 one week before his death.
Beginning at age 4 in his native Omaha, Feierman studied piano and switched to trumpet in his early teens while aspiring to become a singer and dancer. In his early years as a performer in New York, he had a cabaret act written by Woody Allen.
He received his B.A. in music education and also studied orchestral conducting techniques at the New York Eastman School of Music. For many decades, Feierman taught conducting techniques at the Dick Grove School of Music and UCLA.
Feierman is survived by Judith, his wife of more than 20 years; a daughter and a stepson.
A memorial is planned at the Local 47th, 817 Vine Street, Hollywood, on March 12 from 2-6 p.m.