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Herbie Mann

Herbie Mann
Mann circa 1980
Background information
Born (1930-04-16)April 16, 1930
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Origin United States
Died July 1, 2003(2003-07-01) (aged 73)
Pecos, New Mexico, United States
Genres Jazz, bossa nova, disco, world music
Occupation(s) musician, record label executive
Instruments Flute, saxophone, bass clarinet
Years active 1953–2003
Labels Atlantic Records, Cotillion Records, Embryo Records, Kokopelli Records
Associated acts Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston

Herbert Jay Solomon (April 16, 1930 – July 1, 2003),[1] known by his stage name Herbie Mann, was an American jazz flautist and important early practitioner of world music. Early in his career, he also played tenor saxophone and clarinet (including bass clarinet), but Mann was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute. His most popular single was "Hijack", which was a Billboard number-one dance hit for three weeks in 1975.

Mann emphasized the groove approach in his music. Mann felt that from his repertoire, the "epitome of a groove record" was Memphis Underground or Push Push, because the "rhythm section locked all in one perception."[2]


  • Biography 1
  • Discography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Herbie Mann was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish parents, Harry C. Solomon (May 30, 1902 – May 31, 1980), who was of Russian descent, and Ruth Rose Solomon (née Brecher) (July 4, 1905 – November 11, 2004), who was born in Bukovina, Austria-Hungary but immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 6.[3][4][5] Both of his parents were dancers and singers, as well as dance instructors later in life.[3] He attended Lincoln High School in Brighton Beach. His first professional performance was playing the Catskills resorts at age 15. In the 1950s Mann was primarily a bop flutist, playing in combos with artists such as Phil Woods, occasionally playing bass clarinet, tenor saxophone and solo flute.

Mann was an early pioneer of the fusion of jazz and world music. In 1959, following a State Department sponsored tour of Africa, he recorded Flautista!, an album of Afro-Cuban jazz. In 1961 Mann toured Brazil, returning to the United States to record with Brazilian musicians, including Antonio Carlos Jobim and guitarist Baden Powell. These albums helped popularize bossa nova in the US and Europe. He often worked with Brazilian themes. In the mid-1960s Mann hired a young Chick Corea to play in some of his bands. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Mann played duets at New York City's Bottom Line and Village Gate clubs, with Sarod virtuoso Vasant Rai.

Following the 1969 hit album Memphis Underground, a number of disco-style smooth jazz records brought criticism from jazz purists but allowed Mann to remain active during a period of declining interest in jazz. The musicians on these recordings are some of the best-known session players in soul and jazz, including singer Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney Houston), guitarists Duane Allman and Larry Coryell, bassists Donald "Duck" Dunn and Chuck Rainey and drummers Al Jackson and Bernard Purdie. In this period Mann had a number of pop hits — rare for a jazz musician. According to a 1998 interview Mann had made at least 25 albums that were on the Billboard 200 pop charts, success denied most of his jazz peers."[6]

Mann provided the music for the 1978 National Film Board of Canada animated short Afterlife, by Ishu Patel.

Herbie Mann and Will Lee (1975)

In the early 1970s he founded his own label, Bee Gees' album Spirits Having Flown.

His last appearance was on May 3, 2003, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and he died less than two months later on July 1, 2003, at the age of 73, after a long battle with prostate cancer. He died in his home in Pecos, New Mexico, leaving his wife, Susan Janeal Arison, and four children: Paul Mann, Claudia Mann, Laura Mann-Lepik and Geoffrey Mann.



  1. ^ Scott Yanow. "Herbie Mann | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Herbie Mann's New Groove". 2002-07-09. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  3. ^ a b Peter Hawkins (September 10, 2003). "'Family Legacy Endures; Mother Of Herbie Mann Dancing At 98'".  
  4. ^ Robert Palmer (November 11, 1973). "'Why Herbie 'Sold Out,' Or The Evolution of Mann; The Evolution of Herbie Mann'".  
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ "Herbie Mann Articles". Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  7. ^ "Embryo Album Discography". 2005-09-21. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 

External links

  • [4]
  • Further discography and biography
  • National Public Radio's Jazz Profiles: Herbie Mann

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