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Earl Kenneth Hines, universally known as Earl "Fatha" Hines, (28 December 1903 – 22 April 1983) was a jazz musician, often referred to as "the first modern jazz pianist".

In 1928 (on his 25th birthday) Hines began leading his own big band. For over 10 years his was "The Band" in Al Capone's Grand Terrace Cafe — Hines was Capone's "Mr Piano Man". Hines recorded for Victor in 1929, then after a gap for Brunswick from…

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  • I want to hear more from him, he's one of the "designers" of modern jazz, from what I've read here.
  • Just fine. Hines was great when doing Weather Bird w Armstrong in 1928, and here he is at the end of his career playing with the same gusto and inventiveness 50 years later.
  • With Earl Hines on piano jazz definitely found the fullness of its expressive possibilities!
  • how is the best song mood indigo not on this list? or is that earl hines plays duke ellington?
  • Nice wig, too! :D
  • RJ
    nice grin on the artist pic ;)

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