Dick Hyman

Roven Richard "Dick" Hyman ( born March 8, 1927 in New York City ) is a jazz pianist and arranger.

Life and work

Dick Hyman has been classically trained, studied at the Juilliard School and was a student of Teddy Wilson. 1949 and 1950 Hyman played with Roy Eldridge ( Roy Eldridge and His Little Jazz Vol 1, 1950), Benny Goodman, Tony Scott, and Red Norvo and entered 1952 in Charlie Parker's music film Hot House. With his trio he had a 1954 first hit the national charts with " Unforgettable". In 1956 he had with the Dick Hyman Trio with his instrumental version of the ballad from the Threepenny Opera a national and international hit in the pop charts. In the other 1950s and '60s he operated primarily as a studio musician and has worked with Arthur Godfrey and Leonard Feather. He was next to one of the first musicians, which dealt with the Moog synthesizer. In the 1970s, Hyman was a member of the New York Jazz Repertory Company, founded in 1976, Perfect Jazz Repertory Quintet and worked on the soundtracks of several films of Woody Allen. In the following decades, Dick Hyman remained musically active, for example in cooperation with Ruby Braff and Peter Appleyard.

He was honored in 2006 for his lifetime achievement with the German Jazz Trophy.


Film Music (Selection)


  • Dick Hyman, Clem DeRosa: It's Time for Some Changes piano. Kendor Music, 1980