Herbie Mann was born in Brooklyn New York to Jewish parents of Romanian and Russian descent. Following the 1969 hit album Memphis Underground a number of disco-style smooth jazz records brought criticism from jazz purists but allowed Mann remain active during a period of declining interest in jazz. "
Mann provided the music for the 1978 National Film Board of Canada animated short Afterlife by Ishu Patel.
". Early in his career he also played tenor saxophone and clarinets (including bass clarinet) but Mann was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute and was perhaps jazz music's preeminent flautist during the 1960s. Herbert Jay Solomon (April 16 1930 – July 1 2003) known by his stage name Herbie Mann was an American jazz flautist and important early practitioner of world music.