Philadelphia jazz stalwart Lovett Hines has been honored with another award for his career developing jazz musicians at the Clef of Jazz and Performing Arts and beyond, this time from the Jazz Journalists Association and their Jazz Heroes program. Other regional winners include bassist, composer, and educator Ed Hrybyk of Baltimore, Massachusetts-based Terri Lyne Carrington, a drummer, composer, and educator who has been a keynote speaker at the Jazz Philadelphia Summit; and Sara Donnely from Washington, D.C., a longtime jazz advocate who administers programs that support jazz musicians at South Arts.
“I have no words to express how proud I am to be honored with this prestigious award by the Jazz Journalists Association and to be included with such an amazing group of individuals doing such astonishing work in jazz,” says Hines.
The award comes after a long and storied relationship with Philadelphia’s jazz community that started when Hines was a young jazz musician himself, hungrily absorbing all that Philadelphia and jazz had to offer. “When I was developing my skills as a young jazz musician in Philadelphia, all my peers and I were listening to Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Sonny Rollins, and Miles Davis,” says Hines. “There were also local jazz musicians who were my mentors or teachers—Buddy Savitt, Odean Pope, Bootsie Barnes, Leon Mitchell, Zach Zachary and so many others—-because of all the jazz venues that featured live jazz. We’d listen and learn from every musician who was playing serious music.”
Anyone who knows Hines and his wife and partner Carla Hines knows how much love they have to offer to the community. Hines has high hopes for how the next generation will carry the torch and light the way together for a renewed spirit of musical fellowship in the city.
“If we love what we do there is a natural urge to share and get others involved. That love and passion for that entity, in my case jazz, will continue as long as we are willing to share and keep the fire of creativity burning. I have been a witness to that continual flame through my students and fellow musicians.”
“Love and passion has no bounds,” says Hines. “If we love what we do there is a natural urge to share and get others involved. That love and passion for that entity, in my case jazz, will continue as long as we are willing to share and keep the fire of creativity burning. I have been a witness to that continual flame through my students and fellow musicians.”
For more information on winners, visit the Jazz Journalists Association.