John Alfred Mandel (born November 23, 1925) is an American composer and arranger of popular songs, film music and jazz. Among the musicians he has worked with are Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Diane Schuur and Shirley Horn.
|Birth name||John Alfred Mandel|
|Born||November 23, 1925|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Pop, film music, jazz|
|Associated acts||Woody Herman, Count Basie|
Mandel's most famous compositions include "Suicide Is Painless" (theme from the movie and TV series M*A*S*H), "Close Enough for Love", "Emily" and "A Time for Love" (nominated for an Academy Award). He has written numerous film scores, including the score of The Sandpiper. The love theme for that film, "The Shadow of Your Smile", which he co-wrote with Paul Francis Webster, won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1966.
He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. In 1943 he played the trumpet with Joe Venuti, in 1944 with Billy Rogers and trombone in the bands of Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, Georgie Auld and Chubby Jackson. In 1949 he accompanied the singer June Christy in the orchestra of Bob Cooper. From 1951 until 1953 he played and arranged music in Elliot Lawrence's orchestra, and in 1953 with Count Basie. Later he resided in Los Angeles, where he played the bass trumpet for Zoot Sims.
A 1944 Band graduate of New York Military Academy, in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, he wrote jazz compositions including "Not Really the Blues" for Woody Herman in 1949, "Hershey Bar" (1950) and "Pot Luck" (1953) for Stan Getz, "Straight Life" (1953) and "Low Life" (1956) for Count Basie, as well as "Tommyhawk" (1954) for Chet Baker.
He won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) in 1981 for Quincy Jones's song Velas, and again in 1991 for Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable", and one year later once more for Shirley Horn's album Here's to Life.
In 2004, Mandel arranged Tony Bennett's album The Art of Romance. Bennett and Mandel had collaborated before on Bennett's The Movie Song Album (1966), for which Mandel arranged and conducted his songs "Emily" and "The Shadow of Your Smile", and was also the album's musical director.
John Alfred Mandel was born in New York on November 23, 1925. His parents were Alfred, a garment manufacturer, and Hannah, an opera singer, who discovered her son had perfect pitch at the age of five. Mandel was subsequently given piano lessons, but switched to the trumpet and later the trombone.
Mandel received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in 1993.
Mandel's most recent project is a CD called Johnny Mandel, A Man and His Music, featuring The DIVA Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in May 2010, released by Arbors Records in March 2011.
- "A Christmas Love Song" (lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman)
- "Close Enough for Love" (lyrics by Paul Williams)
- "Emily" (lyrics by Johnny Mercer)
- "Little Did I Dream" (lyrics by David Frishberg)
- "The Shadow of Your Smile" (lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
- "Suicide Is Painless" (lyrics by Mike Altman)
- "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" (lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman)
- "A Time for Love" (lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
- "Where Do You Start?" (lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman)
- "You Are There" (lyrics by Dave Frishberg)
- 1956: Hoagy Sings Carmichael by Hoagy Carmichael
- 1960: Ring-a-Ding-Ding! by Frank Sinatra
- 1966: "Emily" and "The Shadow of Your Smile" from The Movie Song Album by Tony Bennett
- 1975: "Mirrors" by Peggy Lee
- 1981: "Velas" from The Dude by Quincy Jones
- 1992: Here's to Life by Shirley Horn
- 1992: The Christmas Album by Manhattan Transfer
- 1995: Pearls by David Sanborn
- 1999: When I Look in Your Eyes by Diana Krall
- 2001: You're My Thrill by Shirley Horn
- 2004: The Art of Romance by Tony Bennett
- 2009: Love Is the Answer by Barbra Streisand
Johnny Mandel composed and/or arranged music for the following motion pictures or television programs:
- 1958: I Want to Live!
- 1960: The 3rd Voice
- 1961: The Lawbreakers
- 1963: Drums of Africa
- 1964: The Americanization of Emily
- 1965: The Sandpiper
- 1965: Mister Roberts (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1966: Harper
- 1966: The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
- 1966: Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1967: Point Blank
- 1968: Pretty Poison
- 1969: Heaven with a Gun
- 1969: That Cold Day in the Park
- 1969: Some Kind of a Nut
- 1970: M*A*S*H
- 1970: The Man Who Had Power Over Women
- 1972: M*A*S*H (TV series; 12 episodes)
- 1972: Journey Through Rosebud
- 1972: Molly and Lawless John
- 1973: The Last Detail
- 1973: Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
- 1974: W
- 1975: Escape to Witch Mountain
- 1976: Freaky Friday
- 1976: The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
- 1979: Agatha
- 1979: Being There
- 1979: The Baltimore Bullet
- 1980: Too Close for Comfort (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1980: Caddyshack
- 1982: Deathtrap
- 1982: Lookin' to Get Out
- 1982: The Verdict
- 1986: Amazing Stories (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1989: Brenda Starr
- 1953: Dance Session with Count Basie (Clef)
- 1966: Quietly There, Bill Perkins Quintet (Riverside)
- 1958: A Sure Thing: David Allen Sings Jerome Kern (Pacific Jazz)
- 1983: The Shadow of Your Smile...Pinky Winters Sings Johnny Mandel...with Lou Levy (Cellar Door)
- 1984: Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel: Quietly There (Fantasy)
- 1993: A Time for Love...The Music of Johnny Mandel, Bill Watrous (GNP Crescendo)
- 1994: Fred Hersh Plays Johnny Mandel: I Never Told You So (Varèse Sarabande)
- 2011: Johnny Mandel, A Man and His Music, with The DIVA Jazz Orchestra and Ann Hampton Callaway (Arbors)
- 2014: Quietly There, Harry Allen/Jan Lundgren Quartet (Stunt)
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