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Dick Hyman
Throughout a busy musical career that got underway in the early '50s, Dick (*1927) has functioned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in a long career involving film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances and well over 100 albums recorded under his own name. Dick has also investigated ragtime and the earliest periods of jazz and has researched and recorded the piano music of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Zez Confrey, Eubie Blake and Fats Waller, which he often features in his frequent recitals. Other solo recordings include the music of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Duke Ellington. Some of his past recordings with combos are From The Age Of Swing, Swing Is Here, Cheek To Cheek, and If Bix Played Gershwin, plus numerous duet albums with cornetist Ruby Braff, and fellow pianists including Ralph Sutton, Shelly Berg, Derek Smith. In a very different vein, Mr. Hyman was one of the first to record on the Moog synthesizer, and his Minotaur landed on the Billboard charts.
 
Mr. Hyman's concert compositions for piano and orchestra include a concerto and his Ragtime Fantasy. Other works include a clarinet concerto (for Ken Peplowski), a cantata based on the autobiography of Mark Twain and Bottle It Up for voices and chamber orchestra. A growing catalog of chamber music compositions include Dances and Diversions, Danzas Tropicales, a violin/piano sonata, and miscellaneous pieces for trio, quartet, quintet, etc. Dick has been heard in "Three-Piano Crossover" with the late Marian McPartland and Ruth Laredo, and in numerous pops concerts. After serving as artistic director for the acclaimed Jazz in July series at New York's 92nd Street Y for twenty years, he stepped down, but continues to perform individual concerts.
 
In addition to his activities in the jazz and concert worlds, Dick has had a prolific career in New York as a studio musician and won seven Most Valuable Player Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He acted as music director for such television programs as Benny Goodman's final appearance (on PBS) and for In Performance at the White House. He received an Emmy for his original score for Sunshine's on the Way, a daytime drama, and another for musical direction of a PBS special on Eubie Blake. He is a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame of the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies and the New Jersey Jazz Society. In 2017, Dick received the Jazz Master Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as an honorary doctorate from the Julliard School of Music.
 
In years past, Dick was music director for Arthur Godfrey as well as orchestrator of the hit musical Sugar Babies. He has served as composer/arranger/conductor/pianist for the Woody Allen films Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says "I Love You", Sweet and Lowdown, The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion and Melinda and Melinda. Other scores have included Moonstruck, Scott Joplin, The Lemon Sisters, and Alan and Naomi.
 
Dick's Century Of Jazz Piano, an encyclopedic series of solo performances, has been released on Arbors Records, while a transcription is published by Hal Leonard Music. Other newer recordings are with clarinetist Ken Peplowski, singer Heather Masse, and Dick's daughter, violinist Judy Hyman.
contact: dick@dickhyman.com
homepage: dickhyman.com
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Discography
The Mundell Lowe Quartet
Riverside Records RLP 12-204
released 1955
Mundell Lowe, guitar
Dick Hyman, piano, organ, celesta
Trigger Alpert, bass
Ed Shaughnessy, drums
South Pacific Jazz
ABC-Paramount ABCS-235
released 1958
Tony Scott, clarinet
Dick Hyman, organ, piano
George Duvivier, bass
Grassella Oliphant, drums
Osie Johnson, drums
Lady Soul
Atco Records SD 33-157
recorded January 1963 in Los Angeles, CA/USA
Vi Redd, alto sax, vocals
Bill Perkins, tenor sax, flute
Barney Kessel, guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar
Paul Griffin, piano
Dick Hyman, organ
Jennell Hawkins, organ
Ben Tucker, bass
Leroy Vinnegar, bass
Dave Bailey, drums
Leroy Harrison, drums
Cleopatra Fellin' Jazzy
Impulse! AS-41
recorded May 1963 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Paul Gonsalves, tenor sax
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Dick Hyman, organ
Hank Jones, piano
George Duvivier, bass
Roy Haynes, drums
Moon Gas
MGM Records SE-4119
released 1963
Dick Hyman, Lawry organ, clarinet, piano
Mary Mayo, vocals
Vinnie Bell, guitar
Nick Tagg, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Joe Benjamin, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Bob Rosengarden, percussion
Romantic Guitar
Command RS 847 SD
released 1963

Dick Hyman, Lowrey organ
Al Casamenti, guitar
Tony Mottola, guitar
Bob Haggart, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Bob Rosengarden, marimba, xylophone, vibes, congas, bongos, bells
Phil Kraus, marimba, xylophone, vibes, congas, bongos, bells
Electrodynamics
Command RS 856 SD
released 1963
also issued as Stomping At The Savoy
Dick Hyman, Lowrey organ
Al Casamenti, guitar
Tony Mottola, guitar
Bob Rosengarden, vibes, marimba, xylophone, percussion
Phil Kraus, vibes, marimba, xylophone, percussion
Bob Haggart, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Fabulous
Command RS 862 SD
released 1963

Dick Hyman, Lowrey organ
Tony Mottola, guitar
Bob Rosengarden, vibes, percussion
Bob Haggart, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Phil Kraus, percussion
Breeze From The East
Verve Records V6-8575
released 1964
Cal Tjader, vibes
Jerry Dodgion, flute
Dick Hyman, organ
Lonnie Hewitt, piano
George Duvivier, bass
Johnny Rae, drum
Willie Bobo, percussion
The Whistler And His Guitar
ABC-Paramount ABCS-482
released 1964
recorded 1962
Toots Thielemans, guitar, whistling
Dick Hyman, organ
Arnold Fishkin, bass
Don Lamond, drums
Sol Gubin, drums
The Man From O.R.G.A.N.
Command RS 891 SD
released 1965
Dick Hyman, organ
Al Casamenti, guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar
Tony Mottola, guitar
Bob Haggart, bass
Bobby Rosengarden, percussion
Osie Johnson, percussion
Phil Kraus, percussion
Lush, Latin & Lovely
Project 3 Total Sound PR 5020 SD
released 1967
Tony Mottola, guitar
Mel Davis, flugelhorn
Bernie Glow, trumpet
Stanley Webb, reeds
Phil Bodner, flute, tenor saxophone
Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar
Al Casamenti, guitar
Dick Hyman, organ
Dom Cortese, accordion
Bob Haggart, bass
Bob Rosengarden, drums
Phil Kraus, percussion
Charmaine And Other Beautiful Organ Songs
RCA Camden CAS-2229
released 1968
Dick Hyman, organ
The Organmasters
RCA Camden CAS-2229
released 1968
Dick Hyman, organ
Mirrors: Reflections Of Today
Command RS 924 SD
released 1968
Dick Hyman, piano, organ
Bob Haggart, bass
Bob Rosengarden, drums
Toots
Command RS 930 SD
released 1968
Toots Thielemans, guitar, harmonica
Al Casamenti, guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar
Gene Bertoncini, guitar
Herbie Hancock, piano
Dick Hyman, organ, piano
Ron Carter, bass
Ronnie Zito, drums
Sweet Sweet Soul
Command RS 933 SD
released 1968
Dick Hyman, piano, organ, clavinet
Bob Haggart, bass
Bob Rosengarden, drums
Moog: The Electric Eclectics Of Dick Hyman
Command COM 939 SD
released 1969
Dick Hyman, Moog synthesizer, organ, piano
Jay Berliner, guitar
Art Ryerson, guitar
Walter Sear, synthesizer
Chet Amsterdam, bass
Buddy Salzman, drums
Green Power
Project 3 Total Sound PR 5052 SD
released 1971
Urbie Green, trombone
George Opalisky, soprano sax
Phil Bodner, baritone sax
Marion Milam, trumpet
Howie Collins, guitar
Tony Mottola, guitar
Vinnie Bell, guitar
Dick Hyman, piano, organ
Don Heitler, piano, organ
Russell George, bass
Jule Ruggiero, bass
Jay Leonhart, bass
Grady Tate, drums
Kathy Preston, vocals
Fantomfingers
Project 3 Total Sound PR 5057 SD
released 1971
Dick Hyman, Baldwin organ
Tony Mottola, guitar
Russell George, bass
Bill La Vorgna, drums
The Kaleidoscopic Keyboard
Command RSSD 973-2
released 1973
Dick Hyman, Lowrey organ
Tony Mottola, guitar, banjo
Al Casamenti, guitar
Bobby Rosengarden, vibes, percussion
Bucky Pizzarelli, bass
Everett Barksdale, bass
Bob Haggart, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
The Ray Charles Singers, vocals
Sliding By
Discophon S 4359
released 1978
Joe Venuti, violin
Dick Hyman, organ, piano
Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar
Organ Boogie Woogie
CBS 21079
released 1983
compilation
Dick Hyman, organ
Ruben Cole, piano
Tiny Grimes, guitar
Cozy Cole, drums
America The Beautiful
Concord Jazz GW-3003
released 1984
Ruby Braff, cornet
Dick Hyman, organ
Shut Yo' Mouth
P.M. Records, Inc. PMR-024
released 1987
Slam Stewart, bass, vocals
Dick Hyman, piano, organ
Major Holley, bass, vocals
Oliver Jackson, drums
Jelly & James
Sony Masterworks MDK 52552
released 1992
Dick Hyman, organ, piano
Kenny Davern, soprano sax, clarinet
Bob Wilber, soprano sax
Phil Bodner, alto sax
Vic Dickenson, trombone
Urbie Green, trombone
Mel Davis, trumpet
Pee Wee Erwin, trumpet
Joe Wilder, trumpet
Ruby Braff, cornet
Don Butterfield, tuba
Tony Mottola, banjo
Joe Venuti, violin
Milt Hinton, bass
Panama Francis, drums
Home In Your Heart
Atlantic R2 70284
released 1992
compilation
Solomon Burke, vocals
Léon Cohen, alto sax
Charlie Brown, tenor sax, guitar
Arthur "Babe" Clarke, tenor sax
Charles DeAngelis, tenor sax
Arthur Kaplan, tenor sax
King Curtis, tenor sax
Alonzo Buddy Lucas, tenor sax
Tom Mace, tenor sax
David "Fathead" Newman, tenor sax
Jesse Powell, tenor sax
Ben Smith, tenor sax
Sam "The Man" Taylor, tenor sax
Herb Wasserman, tenor sax, flute
Seldon Powell, tenor sax, baritone sax
Haywood Henry, baritone sax
Jerome Richardson, baritone sax
Bill Bivins, sax
John Scott, sax
Bob Asher, trombone
Jimmy Cleveland, trombone
Quentin Jackson, trombone
George Jeffers, trombone
Benny Powell, trombone
Tony Studd, bass trombone
Dud Bascomb, trumpet
Bill Berry, trumpet
Dave Burns, trumpet
Ray Copeland, trumpet
Bernie Glow, trumpet
Melvin Lastie, trumpet
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz, trumpet
Jimmy Maxwell, trumpet
Joe Newman, trumpet
Jimmy Nottingham, trumpet
Ernie Royal, trumpet
Robert Scott, trumpet
Eddie Williams, trumpet
Lamar Wright, trumpet
Snooky Young, trumpet
Don Arnone, guitar
Billy Bauer, guitar
Bob Bushnell, guitar
Billy Butler, guitar
Al Caiola, guitar
Everett Barksdale, guitar
Eric Gale, guitar
Allen Hanlon, guitar
Allen Harlow, guitar
Jimmy Johnson, guitar
Carl Lynch, guitar
Charles Macey, guitar
Trade Martin, guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar
Wally Richardson, guitar
Al Schackman, guitar
George Barnes, guitar, bass
Joe South, guitar
Wild Jimmy Spruill, guitar
Bill Suyker, guitar
Chauncey Westbrook, guitar
Reggie Young, guitar
Robert Banks, organ
Felix Cavaliere, organ
Dick Hyman, organ
Leroy Glover, organ, piano
Bert Keyes, organ
Robert Mosely, organ
Spooner Oldham, organ
Teacho Wiltshire, organ
Bobby Wood, organ, piano
Artie Butler, piano
Bobby Emmons, piano
Paul Griffin, piano
Ernie Hayes, piano
Hank Jones, piano
Moe Wechsler, piano
Alfred Williams, piano
Phil Kraus, vibes, tambourine, xylophone
Dave Adams, bass
Joe Benjamin, bass
Tommy Cogbill, bass
Art Davis, bass
Leonard Gaskin, bass
Jimmy Lewis, bass
Alan Lucas, bass
Wendell Marshall, bass
Russ Saunders, bass
James Tyrell, bass
Gary Chester, drums
Gene Chrisman, drums
Bobby Donaldson, drums
Panama Francis, drums
Roger Hawkins, drums
Herb Lovelle, drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, drums
Todd Sommer, drums, percussion
Paul Faulise, percussion
Joe Venuti, percussion
Warren Smith, percussion, tabla
Harry Breuer, tambourine
George Devens, tambourine
Cal Tjader - Talking Verve
Verve Records 314 531 562-2
Cal Tjader, vibes
Dick Hyman, organ
Jerry Dodgion, flute
Lonnie Hewitt, piano
George Duvivier, drums
Jazz 'Round Midnight
Verve Records 314 531 933-2
compilation
Cal Tjader, vibes
Paul Horn, reeds
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Jimmy Raney, guitar
João Donato, organ
Clare Fischer, organ, piano
Dick Hyman, organ
Patti Bown, piano
Robert Corwin, piano
Paul Griffin, piano
Lonnie Hewitt, piano
Hank Jones, piano
Bernie Leighton, piano
Richard Davis, bass
George Duvivier, bass
John Hilliard, bass
Al McKibbon, bass
Red Mitchell, bass
Freddie Schreiber, bass
Sol Gubin, drums
Johnny Rae, drums, timba
Ed Shaughnessy, drums
Grady Tate, drums
Ed Thigpen, drums
Willie Rodriguez, percussion
Alberto Valdés, percussion
Bill Fitch, congas
Wilfredo Vincente, congas
Armando Peraza, bongos, percussion
Ardeen de Camp, vocals
Anita O'Day, vocals
In The Beginning
Baldwin Street Music BJH-307
recorded between 1949 and 1954
Teddi King, vocals
John Farrell, conductor
Nat Pierce, conductor
David Chapman, alto sax
Charlie Mariano, alto sax
George Meyers, baritone sax
Bob Carr, trombone
Sonny Truitt, trombone
Frank Lane, trombone
Dud Harvey, trumpet
Don Stratton, trumpet
Perry Wilson, trumpet
Charlie Shavers, trumpet
Lonnie Johnson, trumpet
Dick Garcia, guitar
Dick Hyman, organ, piano
George Shearing, piano
Joe Roland, vibes
Frank Gallagher, bass
Milt Hinton, bass
Al McKibbon, bass
Bill Clark, drums
Marquis Foster, drums
Don Lamond, drums
Country Joe McDonald, drums
Yesterday & Today
Universal Music T2CD2011052, T2
compilation; recorded between 1946 and 2001 in Bruxelles and Kalmthout/Belgium; Köln/Germany; Stockholm/Sweden; Laren, Weesp, Utrecht and Hilversum/The Netherlands; Paris/France; New York City/USA; Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
Toots Thielemans, guitar, harmonica, whistle, vocals
various artists
Billy Desmedt, organ
Dick Hyman, organ
Eddy Louiss, organ
Reinhold Svensson, organ

 
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