A strong, pleasing mix of Latin, Swing, R&B, and Be-Bop tunes, with both instrumental and vocal features. Perfect for dinner and post-dinner gatherings of all sizes. Typically, the lineup is Bone, Drums, Bass, Keyboards, and fantastic vocal, with trumpet added if the event is right.
'With the death within the year of the masterful J.J. Johnson, there aren't many famous trombone soloists left in jazz. John Hines' payoff is an excellent array of solid efforts, played with vigor and a fresh sound that should delight anyone who ever fell in love with the sound of the jazz trombone.
After studying under Ray Smith (Brigham Young University) in Provo, Utah, he played with the internationally known big band, Synthesis, including opening for Gerry Mulligan's big band at the 1988 Montreux Jazz Festival, and for Carlos Santana at the 1988 Antibes Jazz Festival outside Monte Carlo, France. After building a successful career in advertising and technology marketing, he picked up his playing pace when he moved to Denver in 1993. While still doing it on the side, he plays professionally for several orchestral and jazz groups in and around the Denver area, including frequent performances with his own John Hines' Table for Five.
He plays regularly with many of the local bands, including the acclaimed What's Cookin'? Big Band, the O-Tones Brass Band, The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and various salsa and show bands. He played for the 2003 Colorado Chorale performance of 'The Secret Garden,' and enjoys playing and composing for music theater. He was an active supporter of the Colorado Jazz Workshop for several years, primarily under the tutelage of trumpet virtuoso Hugh Ragin, and is involved with several efforts to bring more jazz to Denver.
In 2004, John was signed to the Capri Records label, and released his first major CD, 'In The Pocket,' which was met with significant critical acclaim. The title song, an original by Hines, is currently a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriter Competition in the Jazz category. John was also a featured ensemble player and soloist on the 2005 CD release, 'Pag's Groove,' by composer/arranger/pianist Michael Pagan (also under the Capri Records label).
In November, 2005, John was selected to perform with the KUVO 20th Anniversary All-Star band, with Hugh Ragin, Paul Romaine, Phil Urso, Kenny Walker, Eric Gunnison, and others, which opened for visiting artist Marian McPartland.
His playing has been described as being a mix of Curtis Fuller and Steve Turre, but with an almost "vocal quality" that makes him easy to listen to.
John Hines' Table for Five is bringing in crowds all over Denver with a pleasing mix of melodic jazz which bridges old and new sounds, from traditional swing and bebop to more contemporary sounds like Norah Jones, Sting, and original work.
You will not be disappointed when you hire this group, no matter what kind of event you are hosting.