Neal Paul Hefti (October 29, 1922 – October 11, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger. He wrote music for The Odd Couple movie and TV series and for the Batman TV series.
He began arranging professionally in his teens, when he wrote charts for Nat Towles. He became a prominent composer and arranger while playing trumpet for Woody Herman; while working for Herman he provided new arrangements for "Woodchopper's Ball" and "Blowin' Up a Storm" and composed "The Good Earth" and "Wild Root". After leaving Herman's band in 1946, Hefti concentrated on arranging and composing, although he occasionally led his own bands. He is especially known for his charts for Count Basie such as "Li'l Darlin'" and "Cute".
Birth and Death Data: Born October 29th, 1922 (Hastings), Died October 11th, 2008 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1959
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, arranger, trumpet
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 153 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||71901||10-in.||3/23/1944||Cherry-2||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71902||10-in.||3/23/1944||Milkman, keep those bottles quiet||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71903||10-in.||3/23/1944||Irresistible you||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71904||10-in.||3/23/1944||It must be jelly||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71906||10-in.||3/24/1944||Don't change horses||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71909||3/29/1944||Say so||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71910||3/29/1944||Goin' home||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71911||3/29/1944||Refuse it||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71912||3/29/1944||Ingie speaks-1||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71939||4/5/1944||As long as I live||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71940||10-in.||4/5/1944||Perdido (Lost)-1||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71941||10-in.||4/5/1944||I didn't know about you||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71941[a]||4/5/1944||Blue lullaby||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81328||8/1/1951||The kissing bug boogie||Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet, arranger, leader|
|Decca||81329||8/1/1951||(I wouldn't be where I am) If you hadn't gone away||Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet, arranger, leader|
|Decca||81330||8/1/1951||Coral reef||Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet, arranger, leader|
|Decca||81397||8/14/1951||A cabin in the cotton||Neal Hefti Orchestra||arranger, leader|
|Decca||81398||8/14/1951||Bing bong bing||Neal Hefti Orchestra||arranger, leader|
|Decca||81399||8/14/1951||Uncle Jim||Neal Hefti Orchestra||arranger, leader|
|Decca||81529||9/12/1951||Waitin' for the evenin' mail||Roberta Lee ; Neal Hefti Orchestra||arranger, leader|
|Decca||81530||9/12/1951||Slow poke||Roberta Lee ; Neal Hefti Orchestra||arranger, leader|
|Decca||81531||9/12/1951||I wanna play house with you||Roberta Lee ; Neal Hefti Orchestra||arranger, leader|
|Decca||81532||9/12/1951||Cherokee||Roberta Lee ; Neal Hefti Orchestra||arranger, leader|
|Decca||81749||10/22/1951||Charmaine||Neal Hefti Orchestra||arranger, leader|
|Decca||81750||10/22/1951||Regular man||Neal Hefti Orchestra||arranger, leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hefti, Neal," accessed August 12, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103459.
Hefti, Neal. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 12, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103459.
"Hefti, Neal." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 12 August 2020.
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