Jazz Pianist Pamela Hines
Moon Germs
Great original holiday tunes that span the spectrum of storytelling
3.2.1.
 
This Heart of Mine
 
Interview, WDNA, Miami, FL
Jim Porcella Trio
Friday, April 4, 11 and 24
5:30- 8:30 pm
Viva Bene
144 Commercial St., Worcester, MA
508- 799- 9999

Suzanne Cabot 
Saturday, April 5, 9- 12
Nick's
124 Millbury St.
Worcester, MA

Bassist and vocalist Dick Lupino is the guest on Live Jazz New England on 90.5- WICN- FM (NPR Affiliate)
with Hines as pianist/host 
and Rick Wells on drums
April 30th, 2-3 pm!
Tune in or stream in!

 
 
 
 
 
      Pamela Hines has been a prolific and consistent presence in American jazz as a pianist and composer.   She has received national and international critical acclaim for edgy instrumental compositions that contribute to the jazz history and art of the trio, quartet and quintet and for jazz originals for vocalists that are more at home in the American Songbook.  Three of her trio CDs have reached the top 20 on national radio charts and her all- original Christmas CD with vocalists made the top 50 national radio list in 2008.
     Her January, 2013 release, "3.2.1." features a trio with Dave Clark (b) and Yoron Israel (d).  The trio gets right into high energy percussive interaction with "34 Skidoo" by Bill Evans.  The set continues into exciting trio and duo tunes then ends with a solo ballad.  
     Dan McClenaghan says in All About Jazz, February, 2013,"...Hines has been busy on the jazz scene for fifteen years, producing many excellent CDs featuring her quartets and quintets, as well as pairings with several top-notch vocalists. A first-rate composer of engaging and memorable tunes who put out one of the coolest Christmas albums, New Christmas...3.2.1, a superb, mostly trio affair...Most of Hines' recordings, including New Christmas, have relied heavily on her own compositions. 3.2.1. takes a different tack, leaning on standards with an emphasis on material by pianist Bill Evans, starting right off with his "34 Skiddoo." Here, however, Hines and trio mates David Clark(bass) and Yoron Israel (drums) sound feistier—happier, even—than the normally introspective Evans.
    
On "B Minor Waltz," the trio cools things off a bit, showcasing Hines' exquisite touch and Israel's supple brush work, but the bounce in the trio's step is still there, riding Clark's warm heartbeat. The classic "East of the Sun" takes things out on the edge, an up-tempo high-wire roll, with Hines sounding particularly caffeinated."
    
 Brent Black writes in Critical Jazz," Preconceived notions and running out of coffee are the Achilles heel for most critics. I have to admit that having reviewed over 50 piano trios in the past year... Pamela Hines and her latest release 3.2.1 are proof positive that one should never judge a book by it's cover. Standards may be the backbone but with stellar arrangements and Yoron Israel on drums and Dave Clark on bass and they are on point every step of the way. While having never seen Pamela Hines live it would not be reaching to say her skills at the piano bench are key in making what could be an ordinary yet talented trio recording into an extraordinary and highly entertaining trio. Thanks to the dynamite arrangements here it is easy to imagine Hines working group as a real ensemble and not Hines working as a potted plant with bass and drums.
    Hines tackles two Bill Evans covers but not a riff on the legendary harmonic master instead she would simply seem to allow Evans harmonic influence to guide her harmonic sense of purpose as she establishes her own distinct artistic voice. While Evans was more of a two handed pianist than most realize, Hines has taken to a slightly more organic approach, contemporary yet old school in nature. The Evans tunes "34 Skidoo" along with "B Minor Waltz" and "Loose Blues" are reborn and a reminder of what true artistic interpretation is all about. This particular trio has an all most live quality to this recording, especially with the solo standard of "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry." For the curious the aptly titled 3.2.1 refers to the combination of performances here with trio, duo and solo arrangements making this top of the line piano jazz. As a composer for vocalists, Hines hits on the cerebral as her compositions are complex yet they are deceptively accessible. 
     Clark is a first call lyrical bassist and Yoron Israel rounds off an impressive rhythm section with finesse and the ability to play musical conductor without every overshadowing Clark or Hines. Far more than a human metronome, Israel is a driving force in the lyrical excursion Hines takes on 3.2.1
     To be perfectly honest, piano trios have become tired, predictable and in some cases down right boring with the same handful of artists running through the same set list of standards with no real lasting effect. Hines is an artist that has the gift of a natural and incredibly organic ebb and flow and 3.2.1 is exceptional on virtually every level."
     In October of 2012, Hines was asked to host Live Jazz New England on NPR- affiliate WICN- 90.5 FM.   She is frequently on piano for the show but has also done entire shows as a jazz host/presenter.  The maiden program featured a dynamic performance by the Grace Kelly Quartet. The line- up of guest artists for 2013 includes Jeff Galindo, Yoko Miwa, Giacomo Gates and Amanda Carr.  
     H. Allen Williams writes in Jazz Times.com, August, 2012," Hines is the epitome of what is great about jazz, her ability to create edgy jazz instrumentals in one cut, then turn on a dime and bring forth the most inspiring rendition of an arrangement of a classic standard, not to mention her ability to write complex but listenable melodies for vocalists is truly the cornerstone of her appeal as a composer and pianist. Hines is one of those jazz artists I predict will remain a household name long after she leaves this journey for her next adventure, her impact on jazz is permanent, but continues to inspire listeners, like a welcomed friend you look forward to seeing. She is a composer you have to drink in and savor to truly absorb the entire message. One listen will not give you the story or pinpoint the answer, she is an artist you have to spend time listening to her discography to hear the theme to her message and once you do, it will be time well spent and you will come out the other end with a satisfying experience, thankfully you can revisit over and over again through her recordings."
        
In June, 2012, Hines was part of the Berklee Percussion Festival with  Akili Jamal Haynes and Ed Nixon.  
   Hines'  2011 release, "Lucky's Boy," presented nine originals with lyrics and featured  vocalist April Hall, John Lockwood on bass and Les Harris, Jr. on drums. 
     Two of her tunes were featured on NECN-TV- Boston's Morning Show in May, 2012.
     Wilbert Sostre says in Jazz Times.com (Dec 2011),"... she has the ability to compose interesting and complex jazz instrumentals... she is just as good as a songwriter... Hines piano playing all throughout is as always sharp, poetic and refined...The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction." 
     "
 This jazz piano lady is never afraid to up her game and push the envelope, and she continues to do so with out losing her footing or her grip. Adding a vocalist to her program of all originals, her touch, tone, style and taste continue to amaze and engross. Playing with the abandon that comes with really being in the music as opposed to merely into the music, this is a jazzbo dream date that turns your headphones into the club you'd like to hang out at every night. Top shelf piano jazz once again from one of the contemporary leading lights of the genre. Hot stuff."- Chris Spector, Midwest Record, Sep, 2011.
      Hines led a trio of Bob Simonelli and Kenny Hadley for a live broadcast, produced by Joe Zupan, on WICN, Worcester, MA in December, 2011. Performing holiday/standards music with the trio were Grace Kelly, Giacomo Gates, Greg Abate, Amanda Carr, Suzanne Cabot and Dan Moretti amoung many other jazz artists.
      
      "Moon Germs,"  released in 2010, with  Lockwood (b), Bob Gullotti (d), Greg Dudzienski (ts) and Darren Barrett (t) is a riveting and ecclectic mix of driving tempos and romps into freer jazz explorations.  It was on national jazz charts for 8 weeks, reached #2 on CMJ national jazz charts and #26 on Jazzweek charts. Ed Love of WDET (Detroit) lists "Moon Germs" as one of the top albums of 2010,
        In the October, 2010, posting of Jazz Times.com, Sostre wrote,"Hines' great technique and intuitive playing shows from the first track. ... Hines is also a great composer... Itchy is a good example of Hines' compositional talent, with interesting, constant tempo changes between bebop and a more funky groove. Variations on Invitation is another interesting Hines original with piano playing reminiscent harmonically and in the use of space to the master Thelonious Monk. Hines is just as good playing ballads like Mercer's Fool Rush In and Pamela's own Lavender and Complications. Her piano style in these slow pieces is more minimalist, making every note count. In Moon Germs, the CD tittle track, Hines shows her versitality in a almost avantgarde arrangement."
        Chris Spector says, "...on the opening track where she turns in a swinging version of Let's Fall in Love" ... you almost won't recognize and may forget what it is a few times before it runs it's course. This time around, she's showing us that swing is the thing as this hot, upbeat set showcases some splendid originals as well as opening things up in new ways on established ballads and funk tunes. Sure handed fun stuff as always but not just another entry in her canon, Hines seems to not know how to play at any less than the top of her game. Hot stuff." 
      "Moon Germs" did well on a global level.  In May, 2011, it was still on some top-ten radio charts in the United States (KGLT  and WFCS)
  
    Her 2009 release,"This Heart of Mine," was a solo project with  liner notes by jazz critic and author Scott Yanow.
     Susan Frances says in the November, 2009, post of Jazz Times.com,"... Hines exhibits an intuitive nature .. her sequences are embroiling, and at other moments they exhibit a serenity... She travels through a gamut of musical ideas that honor the giants in jazz...Artists often say that they play with passion and it shows with Hines. She wears that passion on her sleeves as her notes depict what she is going through like an autobiography set to music. This Heart Of Mine bares pieces of Hines’ soul even as she covers other artists works making their material a reflection of herself." 
     
Her trio has been the "Pick-of-the Weekand "Jazz-Pick" for the Boston Globe. 
     An original holiday themed CD in 2008 brought her a live appearance on Fox-25, Boston.  Performing for that broadcast were Patrice Williamson (v), Tal Shalom-Kobi (b) and Miki Matsuki (d). 
     Hines has performed in the Prudential Summer Music Series in Boston, the Fanwood Performance Series in New Jersey, the Junebug Jazz Festival in Portsmouth, VA, Skitch Henderson and the Virginia Symphony Pops (orchestra pianist), Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA, the Hardwick  Wine and Jazz Festival, the Copley Art Society of Boston, Rose Art Museum, the Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, RI,  the Chrysler Museum of Nortfolk, VA, Ryles in Cambridge, MA, The Red House, Cambridge, MA, Cachaca, NY, NY, Something Else, NY,NY, The Duplex, NY, NY in addition to many stages and clubs on the Eastern Seaboard including New York, Boston, Worcester and Richmond.
   
 Hines' interesting compositions and harmonies earned her a guest appearance on the Peabody Award winning show, Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland on National Public Radio in 2000. 
http://clarehansson.com/marianmcpartland/content/radio_program_showmust.htm ). 
    For three decades she has performed in clubs, concerts and festivals  in the United States.  Hines continues to maintain a busy performance schedule into the new year.  She has played or recorded with many of today's jazz greats including Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Abate, John Lockwood, Dave Clark, Les Harris, Jr., Yoron Israel, Jorge Perez-Albela, Giacomo Gates, Grace Kelly, Darren Barrett, Jacque Swarz- Bart, Marian McPartland, Bob Gullotti and numerous jazz vocalists.
     "9-45" (Brownstone), her debut CD, was released in 1998 to critical acclaim.  The release came days after losing her son, Christopher, to a rare skin disease called Netherton's Syndrome.  He was six weeks old.
     Pamela Trainor Hines grew up in Acton, MA and received her MM from New England Conservatory (Jazz Performance) in 1998 with honors.  At NEC, Hines studied with Danilo Perez, Ran Blake, Charlie Banacos and she was greatly influenced by George Russell, who was teaching his own Lydian Concept classes at that time.
     Hines made the decision to make jazz piano her life's focus after undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Disease in 1990.
    In December, 2013, Hines underwent a double masectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer.  She received chemo treatment in early 2014 and continued to play through the challenge.  
     She also has degrees from Boston University (B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, on a full scholarship for basketball) and Old Dominion University (B.A. in Music Ed).  Hines married fusion bassist David Hines in 1995. They have two daughters, Trina and Ella, and their family resides in the metro-west Boston area.
     Reviews of her work can be found online at Jazz Times.com, Jazz Improv Magazine, Jazz Review Magazine, Jazz Inside Magazine, Boston Herald, Hot House Jazz Magazine and numerous internet jazz sites including All About Jazz.
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standards and contemporary composers
3.2.1. (Spice Rack Records, 2013, sr- 101- 30) with Dave Clark (b) and Yoron Israel (d)
Play rotation on "Jazz After Hours" with Jim WIlke on Public Radio International.
8 weeks on Jazzweek national radio charts, peaking for 2 weeks at #17.
10 weeks on CMJ national radio chart, peaking at #2.

 
Vocal Jazz Originals


Lucky's Boy (Spice Rack Records, sr101-25, 2011) Hines Trio with April Hall. April Hall (v), John Lockwood (b) and Les Harris, Jr. (d)
Music featured on NECN-TV's Morning Show, May 2012
#10 on CMJ national radio chart in September. Radio programs include After Hours with Jim Wilke and full-album feature on WRIU- FM! Thank you Eric Jackson for support on WGBH, Boston!
WRRG, Chicago, #1 in its top-ten list, Feb 2012 Performances at Blackman Hall Chamber Series, MA and Ryles Jazz Club, MA

online
   
Trio plus two, standards and originals
Moon Germs (Spice Rack Records, sr101-22, 2010) John Lockwood (b), Bob Gullotti (d), Darren Barrett (t) and Greg Dudzienski (ts).
Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International with Jim Wilke, WDET's top CDs of 2010
#2 CMJ national Jazz Chart: http://cmj2010.com/#26 Jazzweek National Chart
#9 Earshot (Canadian National Jazz Chart)

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WXOU: http://files.wxou.org/pamelaint.mp3
http://www.karionpresskits.com/pamelahines4/pamelahines4.html

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Solo standards and originals
This Heart of Mine (Spice Rack Records, sr101-18, 2009)

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Holiday vocal jazz originals
 
 
New Christmas (Spice Rack Records, sr101-13, 2008), April Hall (v), Monica Hatch (v), Patrice Williamson (v), Dave Landoni (b) and Miki Matsuki (d). Debut on top-50 national radio chart.
#10 of John Stevenson's (ejazz) top Christmas CDs of 2008
Appearances with Tyra Penn on WICN and Ken Irwin on WMUA Dec 2008.

VIDEO - Live on Fox-TV, Boston: (Patrice Williamson (v), Tal Shalom-Kobi (b) and Miki Matsuki (d):
http://www.myfoxboston.com/myfox/pages/Entertainment/Detail?contentId=8108168&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=7.1.1


Quintet, standards and originals
9-45  (Brownstone, brcd9801, 1998) Bob Moses (d), Darren Barrett (t), Jaque Swarz-Bart (ts), David Hines (b) and Rick McLaughlin(b)
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fxfrxqujld6e


Discography (remaining):
 
Return (Spice Rack Records, sr101-11, 2007), John Lockwood (b), Bob Gullotti (d) and Jerry Bergonzi (ts).  Live interview on WXBC, New York on 3/3/08
and on WICN, MA on 3/14/08
Reaches #13 on Jazzweek radio charts, top ten on Music Choice, #7 on college charts
 
Drop 2 (Spice Rack Records, sr101-08, 2006), John Lockwood (b),Bob Gullotti (d) and April Hall (v) Drop 2 earns many top-ten rankings at radio stations in US and Canada
Live interview KMOX, St. Louis with Don Wolf, August 2007
http://www.frostsounds.com/MFP/JazzImprov_NY_Jan07_72.pdf

 
Hall Sings Hines, (2005) Pamela Hines Trio with April Hall. April Hall (v), Reed Dieffenbach (d) and John Lockwood (b) All original vocal jazz songs.
Backstage with Liz on Berklee Radio, March 2009.
http://www.rambles.net/hall_hines05.html


Twilight World, ( 2004) Jerry Bergonzi (ts), Miles Donahue (as), John Lockwood, Reed Dieffenbach (d), David Hines (b) and April Hall (v).

Jazz Meditations, ( 2004)

2 squared minus 2, (1999) Brian Torff (b)

Sideman:

Fine and Mellow, (2012) Suzanne Cabot (v) and Dave Clark (b)  Performances include Ryles and The Red House, Cambridge, MA,  Acton Jazz Cafe, Nick's, Worcester, MA,  Blackman Hall, Littleton, MA and Hardwick Winery, MA,  Wine and Jazz Festival.

If I Had You (2011) Becky Livas (v) Lockwood (b) Harris, Jr. (d)


Spectrum (2010) Trio Tutta- Tal Shalom Kobi (b), Miki Matsuki (d) with Ririka Masuda (ts) and Tina Jacas (fl).  All original jazz tunes written by Hines and Shalom- Kobi.   Performances include Prudential Summer Music Series, D. R. Finch Foundation, Acton Jazz Cafe, and Ryles Jazz Club.

Step Inside Love (ESC Records, Germany, esc-03719-2, 2007)- Compilation CD of international jazz artists including Brian Bromberg, Marc Johnson, Darek Oles and Alan Pasqua.

For All We Know, ( 2007) Becky Livas (v)

Unchain My Heart - Neal Forrester (g) (2006)

Seoul Girl, (1999) Miae Cho (v)


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