Earl Hines

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Birthday
28, 1903
Birthplace
Duquesene, PA
Death Date
Apr 23, 1983 (79)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
28, 1903
Birthplace
Duquesene, PA
Death Date
Apr 23, 1983 (79)

About

Influential jazz artist whose contributions to jazz piano helped shape jazz history in meaningful ways. He pioneered bebop.

Before Fame

He moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1925, which was known as the jazz capital of the world at the time and was famous for Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, and other jazz greats.

Trivia

He gave Charlie Parker his big break, but ended up firing Parker for his inability to show up on time for performances and for his general lack of discipline.

Family Life

He wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a cornet player, but playing the instrument hurt him behind the ears, so he embraced the piano. He married wife Janie with whom he fathered actress Janear Hines.

Associated With

He met Louis Armstrong in Chicago when he was 21, leading to a lengthy collaboration and close friendship between the two.