Milt Hinton Biography

Milton John Hinton, 23 June 1910, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA, d. 19 December 2000, New York City, New York, USA. During the 20s Hinton played bass with artists such as Boyd Atkins, Tiny Parham and Jabbo Smith. In the early 30s he established his reputation as one of the most reliable and forward-thinking contemporary bass players during engagements with Eddie South, Erskine Tate, Zutty Singleton and Fate Marable. In 1936 he began a sustained period with Cab Calloway. Not only was he a stalwart of an excellent rhythm section but he was also a featured soloist. He left Calloway in 1951, thereafter working as a freelance session and studio musician, appearing on countless record sessions. Many of these recordings were with jazzmen but his skills were such that he was in demand for sessions by pop singers too.

Nicknamed ‘the Judge’, Hinton also toured extensively in the 70s and 80s, including one stint with Bing Crosby, appeared at jazz festivals and clubs around the world and also established himself as a teacher and jazz photographer. Hinton was an important transitional figure in jazz bass playing, and his career comfortably spanned the change from swing to bop.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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