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Cliff Hines


Cliff Hines is one of the leading voices in progressive New Orleans music. His compositions defy genre and categorization, steeped in the New Orleans tradition of combining familiar musical elements to create new sounds and atmospheres. He attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) and the University of New Orleans (UNO) and also spent a few years as the guitar instructor at NOCCA. Throughout 2012, Hines toured with The Mike Dillon Band as their bassist/guitarist/keyboardist, and was featured on their debut release Urn. He also has shared the stage with such artists as Marco Benevento, Stanton Moore, Skerik, Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton, Helen Gillet, members of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Maurice Brown, Khris Royal, and many more.

Mr. Hines has released two records as a bandleader. Like Mystics of Old featured a fusion of electronic experimentation with pop sensibility.  His song, "Pastels" earned lots of attention online for a live performance art music video in which the band functions as a blank canvas that is turned into a "living painting." Mr. Hines’ sophomore release, Wanderlust, draws influence from folk and world music in conjunction with his uncanny union of electro-acoustic soundscapes. Wanderlust received local and international praise, being featured in Jazz Magazine France, Allaboutjazz Italia, and Jazzmozaiek Magazine in Belgium. In addition, his music video "Dresden" (animated by CAL Arts graduate) is currently being screened at film festivals internationally (including Germany, Romania, Italy, and Croatia).

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Video 11/12/2013: Cliff Hines and Sasha Masakowski

New Orleans progressive jazz guitarist Cliff Hines is joined by vocalist Sasha Masakowski for an evening of jazz.

Cliff Hines