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Sunday Music - Stan Smith and Roger Hines

April 19, 2020

Bassist Roger Hines (photo by Stephen Pariser) has logged many miles on the road during his thirty-year career as a musician. Hines toured as musical director for Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Diane Schuur from 1988 to 2004. He also 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 2004. Hines has also performed with many other well-known artists and ensembles including Louie Bellson, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Ann Hampton Callaway, Johnny Coles, the Count Basie Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Daniels, Billy Eckstine, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frank Foster, Sir Roland Hanna, Eddie Jefferson, Hank Marr, Zoot Sims, and Ernie Watts. In addition to performing, Roger also taught bass at the Ohio State University School of Musi

Stan Smith is an associate professor of music in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio where he has been the head of the jazz/contemporary guitar curriculum since 1978.

Recordings under his own name include Pathways and No Discussion on the COJAZZ label. He is featured as guitarist, composer, and co-producer on Madrugada¹s self-titled debut CD also on COJAZZ.

Smith¹s book Jazz Harmony on the Guitar; A Linear/Structural Approach is published by Hal Leonard. As a guitarist he was a member of the Moacir Santos band in Los Angeles, and has accompanied various artists such as Ali Ryerson, David Amram, Mark Vinci and David Ornette Cherry performing in clubs, concerts, and festivals.

Smith is also the guitarist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as well as pit orchestras for Broadway Series productions.

As a composer he has received Fellowship Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His compositions have been performed internationally and recorded by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Spectrum, The Afro Rican Ensemble and Nova Madrugada. His CD Silent Memory is available for digital download at

c, as a jazz studies faculty member for many years.

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