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American jazz trumpeter, composer, songwriter, and arranger

Neal Hefti is ...

Born 29 Oct 1922 in Hastings
Died 11 Oct 2008 in Los Angeles
Age85 years, 11 months
Neal Hefti
Neal Hefti
Neal Hefti, American jazz trumpeter

About Neal Hefti

Neal Paul Hefti (October 29, 1922 – October 11, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger. He wrote music for The Odd Couple movie and TV series and for the Batman TV series. He began arranging professionally in his teens, when he wrote charts for Nat Towles. He became a prominent composer and arranger while playing trumpet for Woody Herman; while working for Herman he provided new arrangements for "Woodchopper's Ball" and "Blowin' Up a Storm" and composed "The Good Earth" and "Wild Root". After leaving Herman's band in 1946, Hefti concentrated on arranging and composing, although he occasionally led his own bands. He is especially known for his charts for Count Basie such as "Li'l Darlin'" and "Cute".


Hefti died of throat cancer on October 11, 2008, at his home in Toluca Lake, California, at the age of 85. He was subsequently interred at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery. His grave can be found at the Court of Remembrance (Sanctuary of Enduring Protection) in crypt No. 2763. The epitaph on the front of the crypt reads "Forever In Tune".