Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Hines, Roger (W.)
Hines, Roger (W.), bassist, composer, educator; b. Columbus, OH, 6 August 1952. His parents are Thelma Baltzell and Victor R. Hines. Grandfather Newton Hines was a farm worker from Cadiz, OH who was know as the one who played guitar while he whistled melodies in local road houses. Roger began playing clarinet at 9 and then switched to bass in high school and soon stared working with local jazz musicians like Rusty Bryant (sax), Hank Marr (piano), and Bobby Pierce (piano). Roger entered the music school at The Ohio State University and graduated with a BM in Theroy Composition in 1976. At that time there was no jazz program or degree.
Later that year he began monthly lessons in NYC with bassist Dave Holland along with playing with saxophonist Ernie Krivda. In 1978 he toured Japan and Mexico with pianist Carmen Cavallaro. In 1979 he moved to NYC and played with Eddie Daniels, Robert Watson Jr, and David Schnitter. Ray Charles called in 1980 and flew him to LA to begin a relationship that began with 5 years of constant touring. While finishing up his Masters as a teaching assistant in 1987 at OSU he played with vocalist Diane Schuur which lead to a 14 year run as her musical director. Hines has performed concerts and educational clinics with Schuur throughout the U.S. and abroad. Roger is now teaching on the faculty in the jazz department at the Ohio State University while still doing occasional gigs with Ray Charles, Diane Schuur,The Cab Calloway Orchestra , and Lenora Helm. He has performed with many other well-known artists and ensembles including the Count Basie Orchestra, Eddie Daniels, Billy Eckstine, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frank Foster, Zoot Sims, Ernie Watts, and Carmen Cavallaro.
During his twenty-nine year career as a touring musician, Hines has performed at venues such as the Blue Note in New York, Fukuoka, Osaka and Tokyo, Blues Alley in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Kennedy Center, Ronnie Scott's in London, and Yoshi's in San Francisco. He also has performed at the White House for President Clinton and at the Palace of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.
Festival performances include the Antibes Jazz Festival, the Aruba Jazz Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Showcase, Cinco de Mayo Festival in Peru, the JVC Jazz Festival, the Martinique Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Red Rocks, the Red Sea Jazz Festival, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, the Tanglewood Summer Jazz Series and the Warsaw Jazz Festival.
Television appearances include the Tonight Show, CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, Ray Charles' 40th Anniversary Special, the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, PBS' American Masters Series, and BET on Jazz. Hines' playing is featured on recordings with Ray Charles, Diane Schuur, Etta Jones, Ernie Krivda, Gene Walker, and most recently with his group Madrugada and Stan Smith both on Cojazz Records. Roger received a M.A. in String Pedagogy from The Ohio State University where he is on the faculty as the jazz bass instructor. He also studied bass with Dave Holland and composition with Brazilian composer Moacir Santos.