Dick Hyman

Sunday, May 31, 2015 · 4:00PM

Program included: Sondheim, Baker, Chopin, Gershwin

Dick regaled us with solo piano for half the concert. Then bassist
John Schaffer and drummer John Lombardo joined Dick in a jazz trio.

Since he began his career in the early 1950s, Dick Hyman has been a pianist, organist, arranger, music director and composer, while recording over 100 albums under his own name. Hyman
is a masterful improviser with a unique style of piano that spans
from early jazz such as Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton to George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and beyond. He is also one of the first people to record on the Moog synthesizer and his track “Minotaur” landed on the Billboard US Top 40.


(May 31st concert)


I Feel Pretty

All Blues


But Not for Me

Waltz in A flat Major (Op. 69 No. 1) by Chopin

Tea For Two

Jazz Me Blues

Without A Song


Luck Be A Lady Tonight

'Deed I Do

I'll Take Romance / How Deep Is the Ocean


It Ain't Necessarily So


Review by Lana Robotewskyj

Tapping toes, swaying shoulders, bobbing heads, dancing fingers…clearly, a jazzist was in the house–and a phenomenal pianist at that! Farley's House of Pianos hosted the last Salon Piano Series concert of the 2014-15 season, and did it end with a bang! Dick Hyman, who has recorded over 100 albums and won an Emmy for his original score to Sunshine's On the Way, performed on Sunday, May 31st in the Farley's showroom. Mr. Hyman delivered an intimate and unforgettable performance, appealing to all ages and tastes, featuring music from classical and Broadway hits, to all-time-favorite jazz gems from decades past. His program included titles such as “I Feel Pretty,” “All Blues,” improvisations on a Chopin Waltz, and “Tea for Two.” He even took requests from the audience, dazzling everyone with his nimble fingers, his improvisatory skill set, chord voicings, and scaler patterns. I was especially mesmerized with “Tenderly,” which took me back to the years before I was born. I was envisioning myself in the 50's, drinking a cocktail, smoking a long skinny cigarette, done up in Audrey Hepburn hair and gown, and listening to jazz in a nightclub…such a relaxing evening for the mind and soul. The concert was followed by a wonderful reception of apéritifs and gourmet fare including smoked salmon, goat cheese and fig jam, crackers and breads, dips and spreads, and fruit and veggies. Great music coupled with fine food–I can't imagine a more fulfilling evening. The best part of the Salon Piano Series concerts, however, is the chance to meet and greet the performers. I treasure my memories of conversations with these pianists. Thank you for your hospitality at these events, Tim and Renee. I'm excited for the next program!