Goodby, Neal Hefti

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Alan Dismukes, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. RGood

    RGood Piano User

    Apr 20, 2008
    Deep in the heart of TX
    Neil Hefti's Lil Darlin was a great number for getting us introduced to jazz charts and teaching us to swing when I first joined the jazz/stage band in high school.

    Talented guy - will be missed!
  2. Stile442

    Stile442 Piano User

    Mar 26, 2007
    Deland Fl
    He will be missed. Didn't he write the theme for the "Odd Couple" too?
  3. Mason

    Mason Pianissimo User

    Oct 7, 2008
    oh ok i thought you meant some of the new ones
  4. et_mike

    et_mike Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 16, 2007
    Chesapeake, VA
    yes, he did do "The Odd Couple"... one of my personal favs... we did that one in Jazz band during my high school years!
  5. wilcox96

    wilcox96 Mezzo Piano User

    Oct 31, 2005
    charlotte nc
    I had this going in another thread...prior to this one...but it seems folks have gravitated to this one. See below:

    Neal Hefti, composer of 'Batman' theme, dies
    >> Oct. 14, 2008, 11:01 PM EST
    >> LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Neal Hefti, a Big Band trumpeter, arranger
    >> and composer of themes for the movie "The Odd Couple" and the
    >> "Batman" television series, has died. He was 85.
    >> Hefti died Saturday at his home, said his son Paul Hefti.
    >> Neal Hefti's notable achievements include the iconic theme of the
    >> 1960s superhero series "Batman," which became a Top 40 hit and
    >> won a Grammy Award in 1966 for best instrumental theme. He also
    >> composed music for "The Odd Couple," "Barefoot in the Park" and
    >> "Harlow," which featured his classic track "Girl Talk."
    >> His son said the "Batman" theme was Neal Hefti's most difficult
    >> piece, taking him at least one month to compose the driving bass
    >> and explosive trumpet bursts.
    >> "He threw away more music paper on this thing than any other
    >> song," Paul Hefti told The Associated Press. "It got down to the
    >> blues with a funny guitar hook, the lowest common denominator and
    >> a fun groove."
    >> Neal Hefti was born Oct. 29, 1922, in Hastings, Neb., and played
    >> trumpet with local bands as a teenager to earn money.
    >> As an adult, he worked with and arranged music for the greats of
    >> the Big Band era, including Count Basie, Woody Herman, Charlie
    >> Spivak and Harry James.
    >> "He was one of the really great arrangers and composers of all
    >> time," radio and television personality Gary Owens, a longtime
    >> friend, told the Los Angeles Times.

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