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John Maurice Hartman (July 3, 1923 – September 15, 1983) was an American jazz singer who specialized in ballads and earned critical acclaim, though he was never widely known. He recorded a well-known collaboration with the saxophonist John Coltrane in 1963 called John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, and was briefly a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s group and recorded with Erroll Garner. Most of Hartman’s career was spent recording solo albums.

Born in Louisiana, but raised in Chicago, Hartman began singing and playing the piano by the age of eight. He attended DuSable High School studying music under Walter Dyett before receiving a scholarship to Chicago Musical College. He sang as an Army private during World War II, but his first professional work came in September 1946 when he won a singing contest awarding him a one-week engagement with Earl Hines. 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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  • Evilhasears


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  • tati_bg


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  • smoothwoman

    He sings wonderful.. Thanks "silversurfer250"

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • d1lll1nger


    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • XSeanybOiX

    Is it a bad thing that I enjoy Johnny's arrangements of In The Wee Small Hours & They Say It's Wonderful more than Ol' Blue Eyes'...?

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • briepark

    Golly, he makes me swoon.

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • RionArap

    his vioce ist pure sex !!!

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • LFireproof

    One of the greatest voices, ever.

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mafiasentinel21

    More like it's Johnny Hartman with John Coltrane. I like Frank but he's got nothing on Johnny.

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • ubermenschean

    Very good singer, it's like Frank Sinatra with Coltrane backing him up.

    12 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Zenbooter

    Mirproix- eulipian , who walks with the spirits, I love you man, and all of you blessed to hear. I sometimes hear him in duet with Gloria Lynn.

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
  • djjazziedeb

    Love him♥

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • Tezza_Larks

    Heard him on Coltrane for Lovers and instantly loved his voice! got 2 of his albums and its good to hear Hartman a lot rather than 10 minutes of Coltrane sax solo :P

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • foxyluva

    My God. His voice is incredible. I can't think of another jazz vocalist who compares...

    12 Mar 2010 Reply
  • credere

    Simply the greatest jazz vocalist.

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • F_Hole

    I've loved his singing ever since I first laid ears upon it. They say Dean Martin "borrowed" his slightly boozy inflection (and way overdid it). Makes me sad to read that he never got the recognition or the remuneration.

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
  • juju_calhau

    i fell in love with him when i watched the bridges of madison county. is all over the soundtrack. great film and great voice.

    8 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Purayah

    Great Voice =)

    13 Mar 2008 Reply
  • anti-cool

    one of the most beautiful voices i've ever heard.

    19 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Splurgercloud

    The only singer to every record with John Coltrane- If that doesn't spell out how great he is, I don't know what can.

    15 Nov 2007 Reply
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