Dick Hyman

A true virtuoso who can play creatively in any jazz style, Dick Hyman has mostly focused on swing and stride during the past 30 years. Born in 1927 in New York City, Hyman worked with Red Norvo during 1949-50 and with Benny Goodman. He became a constantly working studio musician, a suitable profession for one with his very eclectic interests. He can be seen in the one sound film of Charlie Parker (playing “Hot House” with Parker and Dizzy Gillespie in 1952), he recorded honky-tonk piano under a variety of names, made records on an early synthesizer, was Arthur Godfrey’s musical director on radio during 1959-62, and recorded pop versions of rock tunes. Occasionally Hyman emerged to play jazz, and in the 1970s he decided to focus on 1920s and ’30s jazz, recording prolifically as a piano soloist and leader. He performed with the New York Jazz Repertory Company, wrote soundtracks for Woody Allen movies, and recorded tributes to Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, James P. Johnson, Zez Confrey and Scott Joplin. Hyman was featured on memorable duet projects with cornetist Ruby Braff and pianists Ralph Sutton, Dick Wellstood and Derek Smith. One legendary album, A Child Is Born, featured Hyman interpreting the title cut in the style of a dozen different pianists, an accomplishment few others could think of doing. Fortunately Hyman also has his own style and has been one of the finest swing and stride pianists to emerge since World War II., a true living legend.

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Articles on Dick Hyman

04/19/13    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Lock My Heart
Heather Masse & Dick Hyman

04/16/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents Fats Waller Festival

09/16/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Stride pianist James P. Johnson gets a rent party

03/19/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces 2009-10 Season

November 2008    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

Thinking About Bix
Dick Hyman

January/February 2008    Albums    By Harvey Siders

Delta Bound
Evan Christopher, featuring Dick Hyman

January/February 2008    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

Teddy Wilson in 4 Hands
Dick Hyman/Chris Hopkins

July/August 2007    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

Playful Virtuosity
Meral Guneyman with Dick Hyman

June 2007    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

Plays Variations on Richard Rodgers
Dick Hyman

June 2007    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

Plays Variations on Richard Rodgers
Dick Hyman

08/02/06    Concerts    By David French

Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival 2006

January/February 2006    Albums    By Doug Ramsey

Stridemonster
Dick Hyman and Dick Wellstood

January/February 2006    Albums    By Doug Ramsey

Stridemonster
Dick Hyman and Dick Wellstood

October 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Now & Again
Dick Hyman and Randy Sandke

October 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Now & Again
Dick Hyman and Randy Sandke

July/August 2005    Brass Tracks    By Mike Shanley

You Brought a New Kind of Love
Ruby Braff

July/August 2005    Brass Tracks    By Mike Shanley

You Brought a New Kind of Love
Ruby Braff

May 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

If Bix Played Gershwin
Dick Hyman/Tom Pletcher

May 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

If Bix Played Gershwin
Dick Hyman/Tom Pletcher

June 1999    Albums    By Jack Sohmer

At the Movies
Dick Hyman/Derek Smith

January/February 1999    Albums    By Dave Burns

Dick Hyman in Recital
Dick Hyman

December 1998    Albums    By Chuck Berg

A Perfect Match: A Tribute to Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis
Bob Wilber/Dick Hyman

January/February 1998    Features    By Bret Primack

Art Tatum: No Greater Art

June 1997    Albums    By Jack Sohmer

Play Nice Tunes
Ruby Braff and Dick Hyman

Albums

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At the Movies

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Dick Hyman in Recital

Reference

Just You Just Me

Sackville

Forgotten Dreams

The Piano Giants at Bob Haggart's 80th Birthday Party

An Evening at the Cookery 1973

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If Bix Played Gershwin

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You Brought a New Kind of Love

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Now & Again

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Stridemonster

Sackville
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Delta Bound

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Teddy Wilson in 4 Hands

Victoria
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Playful Virtuosity

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Plays Variations on Richard Rodgers

Jazz Heritage Society
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Thinking About Bix

Reference
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A Perfect Match: A Tribute to Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis

Arbors Records
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Play Nice Tunes

Arbors Records
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