Playing the Changes: Milt Hinton’s Life in Stories and Photographs

Milt Hinton, David G. Berger, and Holly Maxson

Best Jazz Book of 2008, The Jazz Journalists Association

2009 Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research, Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

Legendary African American jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton (1910–2000) tells his compelling life story and illustrates it with more than 260 of his photographs, exquisitely reproduced in this collectors’ edition. Hinton’s stories—witnessing a lynching as a child in Mississippi, working for Al Capone, breaking the color line in the recording studio—are equal to his celebrated photographs: capturing life on the road with Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday at her last recording date, and personal and professional views of icons such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, and Barbra Streisand. Playing the Changes draws from Hinton and Berger’s earlier Bass Line, but differs significantly from that 1988 classic. Milt’s narrative takes up where the earlier story left off, and more than 140 new photographs augment 115 of his best-known images. It also boasts a CD of Milt telling stories and performing music, as well as a discography and filmography.

384 pages / 9 4/5 x 11 1/10 x 1 3/10 inches / 260 illustrations / Published by Vanderbilt University Press / 2008
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-826-51574-2
    Item# 242
    Price $40; Members $32

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