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2018 Athens Jazz Festival is April 13–15

2018 Athens Jazz Festival is April 13–15

Apr 9, 2018


2018 Athens Jazz Festival, Friday April 13 through Sunday April 15, featuring three concerts with special guest Roger Hines—former Ray Charles bassist, and musical director for vocalist Diane Schuur.

This year's festival includes three public, anf free, concerts in Athens, with faculty, student, and guest musicians including the Ohio University Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Percussion Ensemble, the Ohio University Student Jazz Combo and more.


Concert #1:  Friday April 13, 7:30 p.m. (free)
ARTS/West, 132 W. State St.
Small Group Jazz with Guest Artist Roger Hines, bass, Ohio University faculty, and additional guests

Concert #2:  Saturday April 14, 4 p.m. (free)
Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium
Guest Artist Roger Hines with Ohio University Jazz Ensemble I, plus Jazz Percussion Ensemble

Concert #3:  Sunday April 15, 8 p.m. (free)
Athens Uncorked, 15 Station St.
Ohio University Student Jazz Combo



Roger Hines, has logged many miles on the road during his career as a musician. Hines toured as musical director and bassist for Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Diane Schuur from 1988 to the present. He has teamed up with Ms. Schuur as artist in residence and educational clinician at many colleges and other educational venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. From 1980–1987 Roger toured and recorded exclusively as bassist for legendary singer Ray Charles. This close relationship with “The Genius of Soul” continued until Brother Ray's passing in 2007.  Hines has also performed with many other well-known artists and ensembles including Louie Bellson, Hamiet Bluiett, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Johnny Coles, the Count Basie Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Daniels, Billy Eckstine, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frank Foster, Sir Roland Hanna, Eddie Jefferson, Kidd Jordan, Hank Marr, Zoot Sims, and Ernie Watts. In addition to performing Roger taught bass at The Ohio State University School of Music, as a jazz studies faculty member, for over 12 years. Hines has been on the music faculty of Capital University from 2006 to the present.

Hines has performed at well known venues such as the Blue Note in New York, Fukuoka, Osaka and Tokyo, Blues Alley in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Kennedy Center, Ronnie Scott’s in London, and Yoshi’s in San Francisco.  He also has performed at the White House for President Clinton and at the Palace of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. 

Hines’ playing is featured on recordings with Ray Charles, Diane Schuur, Etta Jones, Ernie Krivda, Gene Walker, and with his group Nova Madrugada. Recently he recorded with pianist Joe McBride on HeadsUp  Records, and Kidd Jordan and The Jazz Poetry Ensemble.


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