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".
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Birth and Death Data: Born October 29, 1922 (Hastings), Died October 11, 2008 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1942 - 1959
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, arranger, trumpet
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 245 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-071651||10-in.||1/20/1942||Ya lu-blu (I love you)||Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Al Lane||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-071652||10-in.||1/20/1942||Night of nights (Tura lura li)||Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Al Lane||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-071653||10-in.||1/20/1942||Do you know? (Well, I do)||Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Al Lane||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BS-071654||10-in.||1/20/1942||I can't get started||Charlie Barnet Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D7VB-0513||10-in.||4/22/1947||Boppin' the blues||Lucky Seven (Lucky Thompson) ; Lucky Thompson||Jazz/dance octet||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|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[a]||4/5/1944||Blue lullaby||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||71941||10-in.||4/5/1944||I didn't know about you||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81328||8/1/1951||The kissing bug boogie||Neal Hefti Orchestra||leader, arranger, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81329||8/1/1951||(I wouldn't be where I am) If you hadn't gone away||Neal Hefti Orchestra||leader, arranger, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81330||8/1/1951||Coral reef||Neal Hefti Orchestra||leader, arranger, instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81397||8/14/1951||A cabin in the cotton||Neal Hefti Orchestra||leader, arranger|
|Decca||81398||8/14/1951||Bing bong bing||Neal Hefti Orchestra||leader, arranger|
|Decca||81399||8/14/1951||Uncle Jim||Neal Hefti Orchestra||leader, arranger|
|Decca||81505||9/5/1951||Love me or please let me be||Rita Moss||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hefti, Neal," accessed March 25, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103459.
Hefti, Neal. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 25, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103459.
"Hefti, Neal." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 25 March 2023.
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LCNAR: Hefti, Neal - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n82013466
Wikidata: Neal Hefti - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q463224
MusicBrainz: Neal Hefti - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/75770f14-cbe0-4b06-8825-14797098ff2a
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