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Hines, Lovett

Hines, Lovett, saxophone, music educator; b. Philadelphia, PA, 27 July 1943. His parents are Lovett and Elizabeth Hines. Lovett started taking piano lesson at the age of six with Juanita Thompson.  After six years of piano, changes to the saxophone where he studied with Eugiene Thompson.  He was considered a child prodigy at the age of 12 years old.  Lovett's mother exposed him to many of the great performers that came into Philadelphia.

Lovett holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1975) in Illustration from the Philadelphia College of Art.  His music education is from Combs college of Music, Grambling State University, and the University of MAryland.  He played in the 76th Army Band with Maceo Parker and Leonard Houston.  Toured with Heem, was a member of the House Band at Atlantic City, Wonder Gardens, performed with Stax recording artists, and played a Motown Revue with the O'Jays, Martha and the Vandellas.  Lovett has performed with US Barnes, BB King, and Lionel Hampton.

While attending Grambling State University, Lovett met his future wife, Carla Washington, Jazz Dancer, Choreographer and Dance Educator.  She has done touring with Sun RA Arkestra, and has worked with Philly Joe Jones, Shirley Scott, Ruth Brown and Dakota Staton.

Lovett served as Musical Director/Creator of "The Roots of Music Show" (1979).  Jazz Band Director for the Better Break Summer Camp. In 1980-1991 he became Director of The Settlement Music School Jazz Ensemble, the group consisted of Joey DeFrancesco, Christian McBride, Dewayne Bruno. Lovett served as Program Director/ Musical Director for Trane Stop, Change of the Century Orchestra that performed at the Berlin Jazz Festival.  In 1984 was Musical director for the Jerry McCleary Revue in Atlantic City.
He's an educator in the Philadelphia Public school system. From 1989-Present, he's been director of the Philadelphia Clef Club Students Ensemble, whose alumni include Jalel Shaw, Jimmy "Kamal" Gray of the Roots, Jonathan Blake, Antonio Parker, and Daud El Bakara.  In 1996 the Clef Club Students Ensemble were asked to performed for the International Jazz Educator Conventionin Anaheim, Calf. The Ensemble has performed at Lincoln Center, "Philly Does Jazz", The Cape May Jazz Festival, Mellon Jazz Festival, and numerous television performances.

Lovett was Director of The Heavenly Horns that performed with the Grammy Nominated Dixie Hummingbirds, "Music In The Air" 70th Anniversary Celebration (1999).

1987 Keeping Count Award for accomplishments insure tomorrows of Jazz, Philadelphia Branch of National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, In recognition of your commitment to the young musicians of Philadelphia. (1999)

Contact information:
Lovett Hines, Director Of Education
736-38 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone :215-893-9912
Home: 215-549-0422

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