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Milt Hinton: The Judge

Milt Hinton

The undisputed dean of bassists and long one of the most beloved and respected members of the jazz community, Milt Hinton is jazz history personified. As he approaches 90 (he was born on June 23, 1910), the man known to myriad friends and fans as “Judge” (he once joked that he earned his nickname because he “sentences everyone to 30 days of listening to good music”) stopped playing his demanding instrument a while ago, but he is still a vibrant presence on the jazz scene.

You might encounter him as an honored guest at a concert, a festival, a jazz party or a cruise, where he may consent to take a solo chorus, or sing what became his theme song late in life, “Old Man Time.” Or you’ll find him as an invaluable participant in a seminar or panel discussion. Just this past December, he shared his keen insights with those present at a Local 802 Jazz Advisory Council meeting billed as “A Conversation Between Generations” on the theme of “Building a Jazz Career in New York.” No one, it’s safe to say, knows more about that subject than Milt Hinton, whose truly astonishing career spans most of the 20th century.

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