DICK HYMAN (b. 1927)
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, Duke Ellington, and Fats Waller. Other solo piano albums include variations on the songs of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers.
In years past, Dick Hyman was music director for Arthur Godfrey and orchestrator of the hit musical Sugar Babies. He served as composer/arranger/conductor/pianist for the Woody Allen films Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, Stardust Memories, Hanna 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 film scores have included Moonstruck, Scott Joplin--King of Ragtime, the Lemon Sisters, and Alan and Naomi.