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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 1932-1934, Decca from 1934-1935, then after… read more

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  • Avatar for althefknamsrtkn
    Invented modern jazz piano and no one knows of him. Fuck a hell
  • Avatar for Druid66
    I want to hear more from him, he's one of the "designers" of modern jazz, from what I've read here.
  • Avatar for MJelsema
    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.
  • Avatar for SYL2Oh
    With Earl Hines on piano jazz definitely found the fullness of its expressive possibilities!
  • Avatar for honeybeeman
    how is the best song mood indigo not on this list? or is that earl hines plays duke ellington?
  • Avatar for ThomasHagen
    Nice wig, too! :D
  • Avatar for RJ
    nice grin on the artist pic ;)

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