Michael Ullman on jazz

Hafti, Neal
March 1978
New Republic;3/11/78, Vol. 178 Issue 10, p27
Focuses on the life, music and work of Neal Hefti, renowned for his arrangements and compositions in jazz. Birth in Nebraska to a musical family; Knowledge of piano in his early years; Receipt of a trumpet as gift; Scuffling in New York, hampered by the recording bans and musicians' strikes that plagued the industry at that time; Involvement of Hefti in jazz; Travel to California working with a band over a year, making a movie, playing in hotels, ballrooms, theaters and doing one-nighters; Hefti took to making arrangements and compositions; Success of the band.


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