Neal Hefti (October 29, 1922 – October 11, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, tune writer, and arranger.
He was perhaps best known for composing the theme music for the Batman television series of the 1960s, and for scoring the 1968 film The Odd Couple and the subsequent TV series of the same name.
“We’d see Basie in town, and I was impressed by Harry Edison and Buck Clayton, being a trumpet player. And I would say I was impressed by Dizzy Gillespie when he was with Cab Calloway. I was impressed by those three trumpet players of the people I saw in person… I thought Harry Edison and Dizzy Gillespie were the most unique of the trumpet players I heard.” Neal Hefti
In 1950, Hefti started arranging for Count Basie and what became known as “The New Testament” band. According to Hefti in a Billboard interview, Basie wanted…
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