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Neal Hefti

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 29, 1922 (Hastings), Died October 11, 2008 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1942 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, arranger, trumpet

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 242 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  
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  
(Results 1-25 of 242 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hefti, Neal," accessed January 26, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103459.

Hefti, Neal. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 26, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103459.

"Hefti, Neal." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 26 January 2022.

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