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Dick Hyman


Throughout a busy musical career that got underway in the early '50s, Dick Hyman has functioned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances and well over 100 albums recorded under his own name. While developing a masterful facility for improvisation in his own piano style, Mr. Hyman 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 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 Ruby Braff, Ralph Sutton and others. In a different vein, Mr. Hyman was one of the first to record on the Moog synthesizer, and his ?Minotaur? landed on the Billboard charts.


Celebrating Bix!

Label: Turtle Bay Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: At the Jazz Band Ball; Proud (Of a Baby Like You); Deep Harlem; Riverboat Shuffle; Davenport Blues; The Jazz Me Blues; Blue River; I Need Some Pettin’; I’m Coming Virginia; Lonely Melody; Clementine (from New Orleans); Trumbology; From Monday On; Singin’ the Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home); There’ll Come a Time (Wait and See); China Boy; Just an Hour of Love; Borneo; Clarinet Marmalade; ‘Way Down Yonder in New Orleans; San; Deep Down South.


Article: Album Review

The Bix Centennial All Stars: Celebrating Bix!

Read "Celebrating Bix!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's a new album by the Bix Centennial All Stars honoring the legacy of the renowned cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. Sort of. Actually, most of the music on Celebrating Bix! was recorded and released in March 2003, the actual centenary of Beiderbecke's birth in Davenport, Iowa. This expanded twentieth anniversary edition includes a trio of songs not ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

In the Studios-East Coast, Part 1

Read "In the Studios-East Coast, Part 1" reviewed by Monk Rowe

News: Performance / Tour

The Art Of The Duo Personified

The Art Of The Duo Personified

The jazz duo is the ultimate musical challenge. With just two musicians on stage, there is no coasting allowed. You're either doubling on the melody, listening intently to anticipate how to respond to the other player's solo, comping behind him—or all of the above. That fine art was in the spotlight at the 42nd edition of ...

News: Recording

Backgrounder: Milt Bucker's 'Block Chords Parade'

Backgrounder: Milt Bucker's 'Block Chords Parade'

What are block chords? That's when a pianist (or guitarist) plays a melody with chords rather than individual notes. This is done with the top note of the chord playing the melody line with chord notes below creating the harmony. Block chords are often played on piano with a “locked hands" technique, when both hands play ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Bryan S. Wright

Read "Take Five with Bryan S. Wright" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Bryan S. Wright Bryan S. Wright is a pianist and Grammy-nominated musicologist based in jny: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since 2003, he has been the Executive Producer of Rivermont Records, a label dedicated to preserving and promoting ragtime and early jazz styles through reissues of historic recordings alongside new recordings by today's most celebrated ragtime and early ...


News: Music Industry

Dick Hyman and Austin High Revisited

Dick Hyman and Austin High Revisited

In 1922, five white high-school teens started a jazz revolution. All attended Austin High School on Chicago's West Side and were mad about jazz—the jazz that came up to the city from New Orleans in 1920. That's when Prohibition led to bootlegging, organized crime, and speakeasies and clubs run by gangsters who needed exciting music to ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dick Hyman, Harold Betters & Bill Charlap

Read "Dick Hyman, Harold Betters & Bill Charlap" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Our 737th Episode of Neon Jazz begins with celebrated NYC pianist Bill Charlap with a cut from his Street of Dreams (Blue Note, 2021). From there, we hear Gerry Mulligan and a story from Bill about his time on the bandstand with the legend. We also get into new music from Elena Macque and hear about ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sara Gazarek, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock and More

Read "Sara Gazarek, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we kick off with the modern day jazz singer who is making waves Sara Gazarek. From there, we dig some new sound from NYC cat Mike Casey as we delve into the modern jazz sounds, we profile the veteran Ray Obiedo and look into new music from the great Kevin Sun. We also explore ...


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