TWO EIGHTY-EIGHTS, FOUR SEVENS, ONE BIRTHDAY: DICK HYMAN / TEDDY WILSON at the GRANDE PARADE DU JAZZ (July 7, 1977)

I feel that what’s loosely defined as “Western civilization” has some horrible things to answer for in the last century.  But we must have done something right to have Dick Hyman grace us with his presence, his durable energy, his intelligence, his joy.  Today, March 8, is his 94th birthday.

We are honored and grateful to share the planet with you.

Here’s some evidence — Teddy, once Dick’s teacher, goes first.

TEDDY WILSON: FATS WALLER Medley: I’M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER – I’VE GOT A FEELING I’M FALLING – AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – HONEYSUCKLE ROSE / DUKE ELLINGTON Medley: SOPHISTICATED LADY – SATIN DOLL / LOVE / SHINY STOCKINGS //

DICK HYMAN: LOVER, COME BACK TO ME / CAROLINA SHOUT / MAPLE LEAF RAG //

Thank you ninety-four times, Maestro Hyman!

And if you haven’t seen the July 1978 Nice video of the Perfect Jazz Repertory Quintet — which pleased the Maestro greatly — visit here.

May your happiness increase!

3 responses to “TWO EIGHTY-EIGHTS, FOUR SEVENS, ONE BIRTHDAY: DICK HYMAN / TEDDY WILSON at the GRANDE PARADE DU JAZZ (July 7, 1977)

  1. I have been told by a couple people that Teddy Wilson had a finger that he could not use on one hand. This the first time I have seen it so prominently displayed. He seems to rarely use the index finger on his right hand. I have seldom heard this mentioned and have read much about him and listened to hours of his playing. I should be so lucky to have such a disability…

    Thanks for posting this. I just bought his live recording at the King of Prussia Tavern because I love hearing him talk about the songs he plays. I am so envious of the people in Midland and Odessa Texas who had Teddy visit their homes and play on their pianos. That must’ve been something else.

    David

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. I believe that after this video, in the Eighties, he had a mild stroke that paralyzed the pinky on one hand — it curled under. But you don’t hear a disability, ever!

  3. Ida Melrose Shoufler

    I think Teddy Wilson has to be rated genius at the piano,,What a great post!! Thank you so much Nephew!!!

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