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Bass Line: The Stories and Photographs of Milt Hinton

Hinton, Milt; Berger, David G.

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ISBN 10: 0877225184 / ISBN 13: 9780877225188
Published by Temple University Press, 1988
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Large, oblong hardcover (25x27cm) only slightly worn, BUT the top corner of the front endpaper has been clipped, thereby removing about 10% of the page. The dust jacket is VG with a tiny tear on the bottom edge of the front panel, and slight fading on a portion of the rear panel, and minor indications of light handling. 328 pages, unmarked, excepting a small part of the removed inscription on the clipped page remains. [3.4 lbs]. Bookseller Inventory # 31057

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Title: Bass Line: The Stories and Photographs of ...

Publisher: Temple University Press

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Milt Hinton, the "dean of bass players," has experienced the jazz world firsthand for more than five decades. A member of Cab Calloway's orchestra for sixteen years, he has played with most of the jazz greats of this century including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, and Dizzy Gillespie. Throughout his career he has photographed artists and personalities in the music scene who have been his mentors, colleagues, and friends. In this book Milt Hinton presents in words and photographs an intimate view of the jazz world.

This first person account of his life chronicles his early years in Vicksburg, Mississippi, his family's migration north, and his experiences growing up in Chicago's Southside. Colorful vignettes recall his first jobs as a professional musician and the texture of black urban life in the twenties.

As Cab Calloway's bass player, Hinton was part of the New York City music scene in the thirties and forties. His memoir recalls his relationships with well-known musicians and band life on the road, especially as it was affected by segregation. His evocative descriptions of the Cotton Club, the golden age of Harlem, and the subculture of musicians portray a mythic era in the music world.

From the mid-fifties to the late sixties, Milt Hinton worked as a freelance studio musician in New York. He describes the studio life, discusses the ways in which the music industry changed, and concludes with his recent activities in music. Throughout the book, approximately 200 photographs, most of which have never before been published, enhance the intimate stories that record a life, a way of life, and a cultural heritage.

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Experience the jazz world from the lens of Hinton's camera

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