All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

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.

Read more

10 Photos

Albums

Johnny Hartman The Complete Gus Wildi Recordings
Johnny Hartman The...
Lone Hill Jazz
2006
buy
[no cover]
The Tokyo Albums
Scandia
2005
buy
The Voice That Is!
The Voice That Is!
Impulse!
2002
buy
[no cover]
The Johnny Hartman...
Scandia
1998
buy
[no cover]
Today/I've Been There...
Scandia
1997
buy
And I Thought About You
And I Thought About...
Roost
1997
buy

Videos

Similar Artists

John Coltrane John Coltrane
saxophone
Count Basie Count Basie
piano
Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan
vocalist
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
vocalist
Dinah Washington Dinah Washington
vocalist
Carmen McRae Carmen McRae
vocalist
Tony Bennett Tony Bennett
vocalist
Billy Eckstine Billy Eckstine
vocalist

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.