Milton Hinton

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Milton J. "Milt" Hinton (nickname: The Judge ), (born June 23, 1910 in Vicksburg , Mississippi , † December 19, 2000 in Queens , New York ) was an American jazz bassist, singer, bandleader , Composer, photographer, researcher, and author.

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Milton was the son of a music teacher and organist, grew up in Chicago and initially learned violin, horn and bass saxophone. He began playing bass in high school and studied music at Crane College and Northwestern University . He played in the bands of Boyd Atkins and Tiny Parham . From 1931 he was with violinist Eddie South , then with Erskine Tate , Freddie Keppard , Jabbo Smith and in 1936 in the trio of Zutty Singleton . From 1936 to 1951 he was in Cab Calloway's band . After their dissolution he played in New York a. a. with Joe Bushkin , was briefly with Count Basie and in 1953/4 on tour with Louis Armstrong . He also played with Dizzy Gillespie and in 1955 with Benny Goodman . From the mid-1950s he was mainly a studio musician at CBS . Occasionally he also appeared, for example at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957 with Teddy Wilson , with Ben Webster and as an accompanist for singers such as Sammy Davis , Judy Garland , Diahann Carroll , Harry Belafonte (1965/6). With Michael Fleming, Lisle Atkinson , Richard Davis , Ron Carter and Sam Jones , he was also part of Bill Lee's New York Bass Violin Choir during this time . He was a record producer and wrote film scores. From the 1970s he appeared again regularly, u. a. as a guest at Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert (1972) and increasingly from the 1980s in a role as the “Grand Old Man” of jazz. In 1988 he worked on Branford Marsalis ' album Trio Jeepy . His 80th birthday was celebrated in 1990 with a concert in New York's Town Hall and his 90th birthday in 2000 with a concert at the JVC Festival in New York.

He was elected into the Down Beat Hall of Fame in 1975 (by readers) and 2001 (Critic Poll) . He received many prizes, including a. 1991 the Benny Carter Award. He was an eight-time honorary doctor.


  • Milt Hinton, David Berger Bass Line: The Stories ond Photos of Milt Hinton , Philadelphia, Temple University Press 1988
  • Milt Hinton Bass Line , Temple University Press 1988
  • Milt Hinton Over Time , 1991
  • Gene Lees You can't steel a gift. Dizzy, Clark, Milt and Nat , Yale University Press 2001
  • Kunzler Jazz Lexicon , 2002

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