Roger W Hines

Acoustic & Electric Bassist

Experience the soulful sound of Roger W. Hines on acoustic and electric bass. With a career spanning decades and touring with Ray Charles and Diane Schuur, Roger is a true master of his craft.

About Roger W Hines

Roger Hines is a bassist who plays both acoustic and electric bass. Currently, he is a Professor of Double Bass at Capital University in Bexley, OH. In 1980 he joined Ray Charles as his bassist which led to six years of touring the world and recording exclusively with Mr. Charles. He continued to collaborate with Mr. Charles on various projects until his passing in 2004. Additionally, he had the privilege of touring with Grammy winning vocalist, Diane Schuur, as her bassist and musical director. He has performed with many other artists including Etta Jones, Louie Bellson, Johnny Coles, Rosemary Clooney, Joe McBride, Eddie Daniels, Billy Eckstine, Eddie Jefferson, Hank Marr, Zoot Sims and Ernie Watts. He has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the White House. Roger has shared his expertise through teaching at Capital University and The Ohio State University, has conducted jazz clinics and performed at festivals around the world. He is a member of various professional organizations and has received grants and scholarships from several organizations including the Ohio Arts Council.

Festivals & Events

The Langston Hughes Project with Dr. Ron McCurdy, Cleveland State University 2010
North Sea Jazz Festival with Ray Charles, The Hague, Netherlands 1986
Featured Bassist at Ceret Jazz Festival, Ceret, France 2007
King Bhumibol Adulyadej Golden Jubilee Concert, Thailand 1996
Conducted Count Basie Orchestra for Frank Foster Tribute, Aaron Davis Hall, NYC 1995
Mackinac Jazz Festival with Diane Schuur, Mackinac Is. MI, 2021 
Ella Fitzgerald Memorial Concert, Carnegie Hall, NYC 1997
Directed The Ohio State Bass Quartet at I.S.B. Convention, NYC 1992


Ray Charles: The Spirit of Christmas, Rhino Records R272842
Ray Charles: The Complete Country & Western Recordings 1959-1986, Rhino Records
Ray Charles Live in Poland, Warsaw Label
Diane Schuur: Music is My Life, Atlantic Records 83150-2
Diane Schuur & Orchestra Jazz Sicilliani “Live”, Erte Autonomo Theatro Massimo, 1997
Diane Schuur at Puerto Rican Jazz Festival, HKN Records 1994 
Joe McBride: Lookin For A Change, Heads Up Records
Stan Smith: Pathways, CoJazz Records CJ- 1002
Madrugada: Madrugada, Cojazz Records CJ-1001


Bachelor of Music, Theory and Composition, 1976
Master of Music, String Pedagogy, The Ohio State University, 1992
Graduate Studies in Theology, Methodist Theological Seminary, Delaware, OH, 1978
Bass studies with Dave Holland
Composition studies with Brazilian composer Moacir Santos


Life Member, American Federation of Musicians Local #103 
Member, International Society of Bassists
BMI, composer and publisher
JEN, Jazz Education Network

Awards & Honors

Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, Ohio Arts Council
Artists in the Schools, Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Ohio State University Bass Scholarship, Eugene D’Angelo
Delta Omicron Composition Contest, First Place, The Ohio State University
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