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Enduring Masters Series At Ithaca College Will Bring Jazz Pianist Dick Hyman To Campus

ITHACA, NY — The Enduring Masters series at Ithaca College will continue on Sunday, April 5, with a performance of standards and jazz compositions by Dick Hyman. Free and open to the public, the concert will start at 8:15 p.m. in the Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music. Hyman will also conduct master classes.

Born in New York in 1927, Hyman lived through the jazz age and the Great Depression. A professional for nearly 60 years, with many solo piano recordings, duos and performances with larger groups, his discography is impressive. He has composed and arranged for numerous film soundtracks, including dozens of Woody Allen films that featured Hyman as pianist and composer.               

“When I was lucky enough to become a studio player, I was known for versatility,” Hyman said. Known to replicate piano giants like Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum, Hyman has performed with Lester Young and Charlie Parker, and recorded with Perry Como, La Vern Baker and Marvin Rainwater.               

Invited to the White House by the Clinton, Bush and Carter Administrations, Hyman has also performed as a nightclub player, session man, musical director for television and soundtrack pianist for such films at “The Godfather,” “the Wiz” and the “Night They Raided Minsky’s.” He has also conducted, arranged and composed film scores for “Moonstruck,” “Billy Bathgate” and “Scott Joplin - King of Ragtime.”

The Enduring Masters Series is a partnership of the Ithaca College School of Music and the Gerontology Institute’s Linden Center for Creativity and Aging, a part of the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies. The series is funded by the New York State Music Fund established by the New York Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

For more information, contact Susan Harris, coordinator of Enduring Masters, at (607) 274-7007 or sharris@ithaca.edu; or visit www.ithaca.edu/enduringmasters.




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