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Dick Hyman

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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.

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Musical Tribute To Caffeine

Read "A Musical Tribute To Caffeine" reviewed by H William Stine


Caffeine—voted the #3 most popular way to stay awake during my show—right after thinking of words that rhyme with “constellation" and reliving your latest root canal (I'll let you figure out the order). Two hours of songs about coffee and tea and the singers who enjoy them, plus, to sweeten the cup, I've tossed in several ...

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Article: Live Review

Savannah Music Festival 2019

Read "Savannah Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley


Savannah Music Festival Savannah, GA March 28-April 2, 2019 The opening day of this 30th edition of the Savannah Music Festival featured a pronounced bombardment of diverse artists, tearing apart the motor controls of the driven sonic obsessive. If a pair of ears lends equal attention to Louisiana zydeco, Saharan ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Judy Carmichael: All Taken in Stride

Read "Judy Carmichael: All Taken in Stride" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures from Hollywood to Harlem Judy Carmichael 276 Pages ISBN: # 978-1979764414 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2017 Pianist and vocalist Judy Carmichael is a jazz girl who has been performing professionally for nearly 40 years. In her memoir Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures from Hollywood ...

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Article: New York Beat

African-American Music: A retrospective at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Read "African-American Music: A retrospective at Jazz at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Nick Catalano


One of Jazz at Lincoln Center's most thoughtful concert ideas in recent memory came to life at the Appel Room on March 2, 2018. Dubbed “Rags, Strides & Habaneras" the intimate program managed to survey a host of strategic forms from origins in West Africa that shaped the art of music in the Americas.


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