Panel 10: Milton Hinton’s Legacy

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Exhibit Panel 10


Audio Clips for Panel 10

1. David Berger (co-director of the Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection) discussing Hinton’s photographic legacy:


2. Peter Dominguez (Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass at Oberlin Conservatory) discussing Hinton’s musical legacy:


3. Selections from “Mood Indigo/Blue and Sentimental” from Groove Dreams by Peter Dominguez (performing on Milt Hinton’s 18th century Italian bass), Oberlin Music OC17-02:


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Milton Hinton’s Legacy

Milt gave so much to so many. His music brought beauty and joy to those around him. His photographs documented an insider’s view of his life in music. His devotion to educating young musicians helped pass the torch to the next generation.

Since 2014, Oberlin College has been proud to contribute to Hinton’s legacy. Four of Milt’s basses are now regularly played at Oberlin, and thirty-four of his most acclaimed photographs are in the collection of Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum. The Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton Collection in the Conservatory Library enables scholarly study of Milt’s life and supports Oberlin’s Milton J. Hinton Institute for Studio Bass.

Milt once described his work as an educator as “a solemn duty.” As he put it, “I’ve always tried to help young people. If someone wants to improve, if they have a sincere desire to learn, I’ve always tried to be there to give them whatever I can.” Through the expansive legacy he leaves behind, Milton John Hinton will continue to do just that.

Front cover of Milt’s autobiography Playing the Changes, 2008

Advertisement for Keeping Time, an award-winning documentary film about Milt’s life, 2002

Concert program from the Milton J. Hinton Summer Institute for Studio Bass, Oberlin College, 2014

Background image:
Milt teaching in Indiana, January 1985

Upper banner:
Milt and John Clayton performing at the Young Bassists’ Concert, Interlochen, 1993

Lower banner:
Promotional materials for exhibitions and books featuring Milt’s photographs, 1985–2002