Irving Berlin's America
Blue Skies
Dick Hyman
Dick Hyman first appeared as guest artist of The Shedd Institute in 1993 as a part of The Shedd's flagship summer festival, Oregon Festival of American Music, and served as the Jazz Advisor of that festival from 1998 to 2006. In that capacity he created as many as 12 concerts each summer, featuring jazz, historic popular and classical music, and was foundational in the development of the OFAM style. In August 2007 he hands his Jazz Advisor baton over to Ken Peplowski, long time Hyman associate and Shedd Institute favorite.
Throughout a busy musical career that got underway in the early '50s, Dick Hyman has functioned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and, increasingly, as composer. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in well over 100 albums recorded under his own name and many more in support of other artists. While developing a masterful facility for improvisation in his own piano style, 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, 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 several duet albums with the cornetist, Ruby Braff. In a different vein, his early explorations on the Moog synthesizer have now been reissued.
Hyman's concert compositions for orchestra include his Piano Concerto, Ragtime Fantasy, The Longest Blues in the World, and From Chama to Cumbres by Steam, a work for orchestra, jazz combo, and prerecorded railroad sounds. A cantata based on the autobiography of Mark Twain was premiered in 2004. Among his recent chamber music compositions are Quintet for Piano and Strings, performed first by Ruth Laredo and the Shanghai Quartet and more recently by Hyman himself and Musicante; and Sextet for Piano and Strings which Hyman performed as a premiere in Sarasota with members of La Musica. Hyman has often been heard in duo-piano performances with Derek Smith, in Three-Piano Crossover with Marian McPartland and Ruth Laredo, and in various pops concerts under the direction of Doc Severinsen.
In 2004, after serving as artistic director for the acclaimed Jazz in July series at New York's 92nd Street Y for twenty years, he stepped down but continues his Jazz Piano at the Y series as well as his post as Jazz Advisor to Oregon Festival of American Music. In 1995 Hyman was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame of the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies and the New Jersey Jazz Society. Since then he has received honorary doctorates from Wilkes University, Five Towns College, Hamilton College and the University of South Florida.
In addition to his activities in the jazz and concert worlds, Hyman has had a prolific career in New York as a studio musician and won seven Most Valuable Player Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He acted as music director for such television programs as Benny Goodman's final appearance (on PBS) and for In Performance at the White House. He received an Emmy for his original score for Sunshine's on the Way, a daytime drama, and another for musical direction of a PBS Special on Eubie Blake. He continues to be a frequent guest performer with Jim Cullum's Jazz Band on Live From Riverwalk, and has been heard on Terry Gross' Fresh Air.
Other services for PBS include original scores for the six Tales From the Hollywood Hills and for Ask Me Again, as well as conducting and orchestrating the more recent program, Bubbe Meises. He has been a guest performer on Garrison Keillor's radio broadcasts, and is frequently heard with Jim Cullum's Jazz Band on Live From Riverwalk. Other recent public radio broadcasts have been for Terry Gross' Fresh Air featuring the music of Will Marion Cook and Eubie Blake.
In years past, Dick Hyman was music director for Arthur Godfrey and orchestrator of the hit musical Sugar Babies. He has served as composer/arranger/conductor/pianist for the Woody Allen films Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says "I Love You", Sweet and Lowdown, and The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion. Other scores have included Moonstruck, Scott Joplin-King of Ragtime, The Lemon Sisters, and Alan and Naomi. Various recordings of his have been included in The Mask, Two Weeks Notice, and other films and his period arrangements were heard in Billy Bathgate.
In the dance field, Hyman composed and performed the score for the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet Company's Piano Man, and Twyla Tharp's The Bum's Rush for the American Ballet Theater. He was the pianist/conductor/arranger in Tharp's Eight Jelly Rolls, Baker's Dozen, and The Bix Pieces and similarly arranged and performed for Miles Davis: Porgy and Bess, a choreographed production of The Dance Theater of Dallas. In 2007 his Adventures of Tom Sawyer, commissioned by The Shedd Institute and set by Toni Pimble of Eugene Ballet was premiered.
Dick Hyman's 100 Years Of Jazz Piano, an encyclopedic CD-ROM, is based on his frequent recital-lecture. New recordings include Berlin Lieder, with Marilyn Horne and Robert White, duo-piano albums with Derek Smith, Ralph Sutton, Ray Kennedy,Bernd Lhotsky, Louis Mazetier, and a forthcoming trumpet/piano duet with Randy Sandke.

Interactive CD-ROM

1998 Dick Hyman's Century of Jazz Piano (JSS Music)

Selective Discography

The Sensuous Piano Of "D"

Fantomfingers

Provocative Piano

Provocative Piano Vol 2

Electrodynamics

Fabulous

Keyboard Kaleidoscope

The Man from O.R.G.A.N.

Happening!

Brasilian Impressions

Mirrors

Moog - Electric Eclectics

The Age of Electronicus

Concerto Electro

Kaleidoscopic Keyboard

Moog - Electric Eclectics

2000
Aug 3OFAM 2000Americans in ParisSilva
Aug 4OFAM 2000Coleman Hawkins in ParisSoreng
Aug 5OFAM 2000Sweet and LowdownSoreng
Aug 5OFAM 2000Hot Paris NightsSilva
Aug 10OFAM 2000The Big Bands in Paris
Aug 11OFAM 2000Glenn Miller's GIs & DjangoSoreng
Aug 11OFAM 2000Liaisons DangereusesSilva
Aug 12OFAM 2000From Bechet to Bebop
2001
Aug 2OFAM 2001On the 20th CenturySilva
Aug 3OFAM 2001No. 29Soreng
Aug 4OFAM 2001Loco-Locomotion
Aug 8OFAM 2001Freight TrainSoreng
Aug 9OFAM 2001Swing to BopSoreng
Aug 9OFAM 2001Super Chief - Dance
Aug 10OFAM 2001Pacific 2-3-1Silva
Aug 11OFAM 2001Ghana Express
2002
Aug 1OFAM 2002'S Wonderful!Silva
Aug 2OFAM 2002The Gershwin TranscriptionsJaqua
Aug 2OFAM 2002The Man That Got AwayJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2002If Bix Played GershwinJaqua
2003
Aug 7OFAM 2003Puttin' On The RitzSilva
Aug 8OFAM 2003My Favorite ThingsJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2003Face The Music
Aug 9OFAM 2003The Song Is YouJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2003Anything GoesJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2003Jeepers Creepers
Aug 13OFAM 2003Memories of YouJaqua
Aug 14OFAM 2003Stormy WeatherJaqua
Aug 14OFAM 2003Georgia On My MindJaqua
Aug 15OFAM 2003No Biz Like Show Biz!Jaqua
Aug 16OFAM 2003Sunny Side of the Street
2004
Aug 5OFAM 2004The Fabulous FiftiesSilva
Aug 6OFAM 2004Instrumental GoldJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2004Golden Oldies
Aug 7OFAM 2004My Fair Lady SwingsJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2004Anyway…OnwardJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2004At The Hop
Aug 11OFAM 2004Purple People EaterJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2004Fullblown MermaidsJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2004Coming Up RosesJaqua
Aug 13OFAM 2004I Remember It WellJaqua
Aug 14OFAM 2004The Legends of Doo Wop
Nov 5Ruth BrownJaqua
2005
Aug 4OFAM 2005All of YouSilva
Aug 5OFAM 2005Now You Has JazzJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2005Cole JazzJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2005You're The Top Marathon!
Aug 6OFAM 2005Kiss Me KateJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2005Let's Do It!Jaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2005I Get A Kick Out of YouJaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2005Classic PorterSilva
Aug 12OFAM 2005You're SensationalJaqua
Aug 13OFAM 2005All Through The Night
2006
Feb 23NHT 2005-06Dick HymanJaqua
Aug 3OFAM 2006Cheek To CheekSilva
Aug 4OFAM 2006Heat WaveJaqua
Aug 4OFAM 2006Blue SkiesJaqua
Aug 5Let Yourself Go
Aug 5OFAM 2006A Day In The Life of Irving BerlinJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2006Come On And Hear!Jaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2006Face The MusicJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2006You're Just In LoveJaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2006Man Bites DogJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2006Say It With MusicSilva
2007
May 5-6AS 2006-07The Adventures of Tom Sawyer BalletSilva
Jul 30OFAM 2007A Wonderful GuyJaqua
Aug 1OFAM 2007Where Or WhenSilva
Aug 2OFAM 2007My Favorite ThingsJaqua
Aug 2OFAM 2007Out Of My DreamsJaqua
Aug 3OFAM 2007On Your ToesJaqua
Aug 4OFAM 2007My Funny ValentineJaqua
Dec 8NHT 2007-08Ken Peplowski / Dick HymanJaqua
2008
Aug 5OFAM 2008Unsaturated FatsJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2008From Bing To Bobby SoxJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2008Star DustJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2008Finger BusterJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2008Stage Door CanteenSilva
2010
Mar 12SP 2009-10Dick Hyman & Ken PeplowskiJaqua
Mar 13SP 2009-10Jazz Party 2010Jaqua
2012
Nov 10NHT 2012-13Dick Hyman & Lindsay DeutschJaqua
Dick Hyman participates In these Irving Berlin's America events:
Thursday Aug 3
7:30 pmCheek To Cheek
Friday Aug 4
2:30 pmHeat Wave
7:30 pmBlue Skies
Saturday Aug 5
10:00 amLet Yourself Go
2:30 pmA Day In The Life
Wednesday Aug 9
2:30 pmCome On And Hear!
Thursday Aug 10
2:30 pmFace The Music
7:30 pmYou're Just In Love
Friday Aug 11
2:30 pmMan Bites Dog
Saturday Aug 12
7:30 pmSay It With Music

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Irving Berlin's America Schedule
Tuesday Aug 1
6:00 pmG. Bellows' America
Thursday Aug 3
10:00 amThe Cocoanuts
1:30 pmAlex's Ragtime Band
4:30 pmBerlin's Songs
7:30 pmCheek To Cheek
Friday Aug 4
10:00 amTop Hat
2:30 pmHeat Wave
4:30 pm20s In Revue
7:30 pmBlue Skies
Saturday Aug 5
10:00 amLet Yourself Go!
2:30 pmA Day In The Life
4:30 pmThe Real Anthem
7:30 pmAnnie Get Your Gun
Sunday Aug 6
2:30 pmAnnie Get Your Gun
Tuesday Aug 8
10:00 amAnnie Get Your Gun
7:30 pmAnnie Get Your Gun
Wednesday Aug 9
10:00 amFollow The Fleet
2:30 pmCome On And Hear
4:30 pmTin Pan Alley & The South
7:30 pmAnnie Get Your Gun
Thursday Aug 10
10:00 amHoliday Inn
2:30 pmFace The Music
4:30 pmBerlin The Man
7:30 pmYou're Just In Love
Friday Aug 11
10:00 amCall Me Madam
2:30 pmMan Bites Dog
4:30 pmBerlin On America
7:30 pmAnnie Get Your Gun
Saturday Aug 12
2:30 pmMy Walking Stick
7:30 pmSay It With Music
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