Johnny Hartman

Born: July 3, 1923 | Died: September 15, 1983    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Johnny Hartman

John Maurice Hartman was a critically acclaimed baritone jazz singer who specialized in ballads. Born in Louisiana but raised in Chicago, he began singing and playing the piano by age eight. In 1940, Hartman graduated from DuSable High School where he studied music under Walter Dyett before receiving a scholarship to Chicago Musical College. He sang as an Army private during WWII but his first professional work came in September 1946 when he won a singing contest awarding him a one-week engagement with Earl Hines at Chicago's El Grotto nightclub. Seeing potential in the singer, Hines hired him for the next year. Although Hartman’s first recordings were with Marl Young in February 1947, it was the collaboration with Hines that provided notable exposure. After the Hines orchestra broke up, Dizzy Gillespie invited Hartman to join his big band in 1948 during an eight-week tour in California. Dropped from the band about one year later, Hartman worked for a short time with pianist Erroll Garner before going solo by early 1950....
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Songs from the Heart (Bethlehem, 1955)
All of Me (Bethlehem, 1956)
Johnny Hartman Sings...Just You, Just Me (Savoy Jazz, 1957)
And I Thought About You (Roost, 1959)
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (Impulse!, 1963)
I Just Dropped By to Say Hello (Impulse!, 1963)
The Voice That Is! (Impulse!, 1965)
Unforgettable Songs (ABC-Paramount, 1966)
I Love Everybody (ABC-Paramount, 1967)
Today (Perception Records, 1972)
Hartman Meets Hino (Capital-Japan, 1972)
Hartman Sings Trane's Favorites (Capital-Japan, 1972)
I've Been There (Perception, 1973)
Johnny Hartman (Musicor, 1977)
Live At Sometime (Japan, 1977)
Once In Every Life (Bee Hive Records, 1980)
This One's for Tedi (Audiophile, 1985)
Sittin’ in with Johnny Hartman and the Andrew Hill Trio (VGM, 1987)
Music from the Motion Picture: The Bridges of Madison County (Malpaso, 1995)
Remembering Madison County (Malpaso, 1995)
For Trane (Blue Note, 1995)
Johnny Hartman Collection 1947-1972 (Hip-O, 1998)
Thanks for Everything (Audiophile, 1998)
Complete Regent Recordings (Jazz Factory, 2001)
You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (Definitive, 2003)
A Proper Introductio to Johnny Hartman: There Goes My Heart (Proper, 2004)
Tokyo Albums (Gambit, 2005)
Boston Concert 1976 (Gambit, 2007)

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