Happy birthday, Dick Hyman

March 10, 2017 at 5:53 pm (good people, jazz, Jim D, music, Sheer joy)

A slightly belated happy 90th birthday to piano and keyboard wizard Dick Hyman, born in New York on 8 March 1927.

Dick is still gigging and still wowing audiences with his wondrous technique and versatility. He’s as comfortable paying tribute to Jelly Roll Morton as he is playing  Art Tatum-style arpeggios or exploring the experiments of Cecil Taylor. In the course of an amazing career, he’s worked with (amongst many others) Benny Goodman, Red Norvo, Charlie Parker, Pee Wee Erwin, Ruby Braff and Soprano Summit/Summit Re-union. In the 50s he even made some commercial honky-tonk records under the name of ‘Knuckles O’Toole.’

Click on the Youtube clip above for a master-class recorded in 2014, in which Dick gives that good ol’ broad Georgia Brown a new lease of life.


  1. Mick said,

    Amazing. I like jazz music from the imperial period. If you find a cheap copy of the CD box set called The Great Jazz Pianists, as I did at the charity shop, grab it. You’ll know when you have the right one, as it features Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum to name three.

    Hyman also made this wonderfully cheesy synth LP in the 60s. Way better than George Harrison’s and as interesting as Walter Carlos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIutWZqoK-4

  2. Abtalyon said,

    Happy birthday to Dick Hyman. I had the great privilege of listening to him play at Fat Tuesday’s in New York City twenty years ago. Marvellous tone and style, making the music flow.

  3. tonto1077 said,

    art tatum and the jazz Messengers! Charle parker -Kansas city Lighting! Beatles hey Jude— simone My Baby don”t care! – Fever- mrs Peggy lee If entire world Picks up weapons I will be Non violent direct action! how long can we last w-/0 one well fed nk People army provoked inti increasing world Police state! i say as vietanm COMBAT VETERAN PLEIKU -QUI NHON 66-67 JAMES L WASHN DC

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