Pamela Hines has been a prolific presence in American jazz as a pianist and composer. She has received national and international critical acclaim for instrumental compositions that contribute to the art of the trio, and for jazz originals for vocalists who are more at home in the American Songbook.

Hines has led or played with other jazz artists at hundreds of east coast venues for three decades, including Scullers, Groton Hill Music Center, Les Zygomates, Prudential Center Summer Music Series, Boston Harbor Park Summer Music Series, Riverway Summer Jazz Series, Central Mass Jazzfest (three years), Ryles, Johnny D's, Thelonious Monkfish (Mad Monkfish), Spirit of Boston, Acton Jazz Cafe, Mechanics Hall, New Haven Jazz Festival, Newton Jazz Festival, New Composers Jazz Festival, and Cachaça, Duplex and Metropolitan Room in NYC.

Her 2018 release, Music of Richard Whiting, earned 4.5/5 stars and was a Top 10 of 2018 selection by Dan McClenaghan, at All About Jazz. Three of her trio CDs have reached the top 20 on national radio charts and her all- original Christmas CD with vocalists made the national radio list in 2008.

Hines was the host/pianist for Live Jazz New England on NPR-affiliate WICN, 2012–17. She currently hosts the Saturday Jazz Matinee and also hosts the Jazz Journey on WFPR, Franklin, MA.

For three decades she has performed in clubs, concerts and festivals in the United States. Hines continues to maintain a busy performance schedule into the new year. She has played, performed or recorded with many jazz greats including Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Abate, David Amram, Arnie Krakowsky, Kenny Hadley, John Lockwood, Elias Bailey, Tomoko Omura, Dave Clark, Les Harris, Jr., Yoron Israel, Jorge Perez-Albela, Giacomo Gates, Grace Kelly, Darren Barrett, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Marian McPartland, Bob Gullotti, Bob Moses, Svetlana, Amanda Carr, Elise Roth, April Hall and many others.

Hines's piano and arrangements are featured on a release by vocalist Renee Legendre. Legendre’s 2020 release,I've Got Anthropology features Mike Monghan on sax, Jim Porcella on vocals, Bob Simonelli on bass and Miki Matsuki on drums.

Pamela's trio release, The music of Richard Whiting (2018), is available on iTunes and other sites! Arrangements/piano by Hines, with John Lockwood (bass) and Miki Matsuki (drums). Jazz critic Scott Yanow penned the liner notes. Jazz critic Dan McClenaghan wrote, "The first thirty seconds of a listening experience sets the tone. The disc spins, and music emerges. It's Richard Whiting's ‘Sleepy Time Gal’. And it just might be the loveliest thing Pamela Hines has ever recorded... Her trio mates are as locked into the tune's concept—and Hines' concept...with re-harmonizations and modern chord voicings, and a deep affection for the melodies... some marvelous introspective improvisation by Hines." (All About Jazz, November 2018)

Hines and her quartet performed Howard Brubeck's Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra in May 2016, with the Indian Hill [now renamed Groton Hill] Orchestra, conducted by Bruce Hangen.

Hines’s disc Thrive! was released in October, 2014, and features compositions written by Hines with Dave Clark on bass and Les Harris, Jr. on drums. She penned lyrics to the tune "From Across the Room", which features vocalist Suzanne Cabot Dashner. (Hines has performed with Dashner at clubs and jazz festivals throughout New England, since 2011.) Jazz critic Don Lerman says in Cadence magazine, "Her all original program is innovative while also containing many traditional harmonic and rhythmic elements. A subtle Monkian quality seems present on 'Alteration' as well as on 'Ella's Room.' which makes novel use of repeated eighth-note patterns...also notable are the odd-metered 'Philippe' and the upbeat Latin 'Armory'." (Cadence April/May/June 2015)

Dan McClenaghan wrote in All About Jazz that her Thrive! release
  "was an immersion in the standards, with a big nod to the iconic Bill Evans. It was, perhaps, a bit of a writing respite for Hines, who is a supremely talented tunesmith. She's back, songwriting talents intact, energized even, on this all originals set, Thrive!.

  Opening with "Ella's Room", Hines and her backing trio—Dave Clark on bass and Les Harris holding down the drum chair—make a sound that is a bit agitated and off-kilter. Hines's touch is superb, lovely, crisp.

  "While We Can" features the trio exploring the ballad format with aplomb. A wistful mood pervades. Drummer Harris makes magic with the brushes. Hines touch seems impossibly pretty, and the melody has quirks, as if the spirit of Thelonious Monk is hanging around the studio. "Armory" is the trio's opportunity to pour on the spicy sauce. Up-tempo and danceable, drummer Harris gets a chance to step out and snap and pop, rattle and roll in front of Clark's three note repeated riff.

  "Across the Room" is wistful, a measured performance in which each note of Hines's piano can be savored, and then, later in the set, a bonus: Suzanne Cabot, her voice rich-toned and uniquely expressive, joins the trio for a vocal take on the tune—lyrics by Pamela Hines. It is a tale of unrequited longing, as beautiful as can be.

Her January, 2013 release, 3.2.1. features a trio with Dave Clark (bass) and Yoron Israel (drums).

Dan McClenaghan says in All About Jazz,
  "Hines has been busy on the jazz scene for fifteen years, producing many excellent CDs featuring her quartets and quintets, as well as pairings with several top-notch vocalists. A first-rate composer of engaging and memorable tunes who put out one of the coolest Christmas albums, New Christmas...3.2.1., a superb, mostly trio affair...Most of Hines's recordings, including New Christmas, have relied heavily on her own compositions. 3.2.1. takes a different tack, leaning on standards with an emphasis on material by pianist Bill Evans, starting right off with his '34 Skidoo'. Here, however, Hines and trio sound feistier—happier, even—than the normally introspective Evans.
  On 'B Minor Waltz', the trio cools things off a bit, showcasing Hines's exquisite touch and Israel's supple brush work, but the bounce in the trio's step is still there, riding Clark's warm heartbeat. The classic 'East of the Sun' takes things out on the edge, an up-tempo high-wire roll, with Hines sounding particularly caffeinated." (All About Jazz, February, 2013)

Brent Black writes in @criticaljazz:
  "I have to admit that having reviewed over 50 piano trios in the past year... Pamela Hines and her latest release 3.2.1. are proof positive that one should never judge a book by its cover. Standards may be the backbone but with stellar arrangements and Yoron Israel on drums and Dave Clark on bass and they are on point every step of the way. While having never seen Pamela Hines live, it would not be reaching to say her skills at the piano bench are key in making what could be an ordinary yet talented trio recording into an extraordinary and highly entertaining trio. Thanks to the dynamite arrangements here it is easy to imagine Hines's working group as a real ensemble and not Hines working as a potted plant with bass and drums.

   Hines tackles two Bill Evans covers but not a riff on the legendary harmonic master instead she would simply seem to allow Evans harmonic influence to guide her harmonic sense of purpose as she establishes her own distinct artistic voice. While Evans was more of a two-handed pianist than most realize, Hines has taken to a slightly more organic approach, contemporary yet old school in nature. This particular trio has an almost live quality to this recording, especially with the solo standard of 'I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry'. For the curious the aptly titled 3.2.1. refers to the combination of performances here with trio, duo and solo arrangements making this top-of-the-line piano jazz. As a composer for vocalists, Hines hits on the cerebral as her compositions are complex yet they are deceptively accessible.

  Clark is a first-call lyrical bassist.... Israel is a driving force in the lyrical excursion Hines takes on 3.2.1.

  To be perfectly honest, piano trios have become tired, predictable and in some cases down right boring with the same handful of artists running through the same set list of standards with no real lasting effect. Hines is an artist that has the gift of a natural and incredibly organic ebb and flow and 3.2.1. is exceptional on virtually every level."
(@criticaljazz, January 2013)

In October of 2012, Hines was asked to host Live Jazz New England on NPR- affiliate WICN (90.5 FM). She was on piano or as jazz host/presenter. The maiden program featured a dynamic performance by the Grace Kelly Quartet. She interviewed dozens of jazz greats, including Glenn Zaleski and Eugene Maslov, and continued to host the program into 2017.

H. Allen Williams writes in
  "Hines is the epitome of what is great about jazz, her ability to create edgy jazz instrumentals in one cut, then turn on a dime and bring forth the most inspiring rendition of an arrangement of a classic standard, not to mention her ability to write complex but listenable melodies for vocalists is truly the cornerstone of her appeal as a composer and pianist. Hines is one of those jazz artists I predict will remain a household name long after she leaves this journey for her next adventure, her impact on jazz is permanent, but continues to inspire listeners.... One listen will not give you the story or pinpoint the answer, she is an artist you have to spend time listening to her discography to hear the theme to her message and once you do, it will be time well spent and you will come out the other end with a satisfying experience."
(, August, 2012)

In June, 2012, Hines was part of the Berklee Percussion Festival with Akili Jamal Haynes and Ed Nixon. Hines's 2011 release Lucky's Boy presented nine originals with lyrics and featured vocalist April Hall, John Lockwood on bass and Les Harris, Jr. on drums.

Two of her tunes were featured on the NECN-TV (Boston) Morning Show in May, 2012.

Wilbert Sostre says in, ""... She has the ability to compose interesting and complex jazz instrumentals... she is just as good as a songwriter... Hines's piano playing all throughout is as always sharp, poetic and refined...The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction."
(, December 2011)

"This jazz piano lady is never afraid to up her game and push the envelope, and she continues to do so without losing her footing or her grip. Adding a vocalist to her program of all originals, her touch, tone, style and taste continue to amaze and engross. Playing with the abandon that comes with really being in the music as opposed to merely into the music... Top-shelf piano jazz once again from one of the contemporary leading lights of the genre. Hot stuff." (Chris Spector, Midwest Record, September 2011).

Moon Germs released in 2010, with Lockwood (bass), Bob Gullotti (drums), Greg Dudzienski (tenor saxophone) and Darren Barrett (trumpet), is a riveting and eclectic mix of driving tempos and romps into freer jazz explorations. It was on national jazz charts for eight weeks, reached #2 on CMJ national jazz charts and #26 on JazzWeek charts. Ed Love of WDET (Detroit) listed Moon Germs as one of the top albums of 2010.

In the October, 2010, posting of, Sostre wrote, "Hines' great technique and intuitive playing shows from the first track. ... Hines is also a great composer... 'Itchy' is a good example of Hines' compositional talent, with interesting, constant tempo changes between bebop and a more funky groove. 'Variations on Invitation' is another interesting Hines original with piano playing reminiscent harmonically and in the use of space to the master Thelonious Monk. Hines is just as good playing ballads like Mercer's Fool Rush In' and Pamela's own 'Lavender and Complications'. Her piano style in these slow pieces is more minimalist, making every note count. In Moon Germs, the CD tittle track, Hines shows her versatility in an almost avantgarde arrangement."

Chris Spector says, "...On the opening track where she turns in a swinging version of 'Let's Fall in Love', ... you almost won't recognize and may forget what it is a few times before it runs its course. This time around, she's showing us that swing is the thing as this hot, upbeat set showcases some splendid originals as well as opening things up in new ways on established ballads and funk tunes. Hot stuff."

Moon Germs did well on a global level. In May, 2011, it was still on some top-ten radio charts in the United States (KGLT and WFCS)

Her 2009 release,"This Heart of Mine," was a solo project with liner notes by jazz critic and author Scott Yanow.

Susan Frances says in the November, 2009, post of "... Hines exhibits an intuitive nature ... Her sequences are embroiling, and at other moments they exhibit a serenity... She travels through a gamut of musical ideas that honor the giants in jazz...Artists often say that they play with passion and it shows with Hines. She wears that passion on her sleeves as her notes depict what she is going through like an autobiography set to music. This Heart Of Mine bares pieces of Hines's soul even as she covers other artists' works making their material a reflection of herself."

Her trio has been the "Pick-of-the-Week" and "Jazz-Pick" for the Boston Globe.

An original holiday-themed CD in 2008 brought her a live appearance on Fox-25 television in Boston. Performing for that broadcast were Patrice Williamson (voice), Tal Shalom-Kobi (bass) and Miki Matsuki (drums).

Hines has performed at hundreds of clubs in venues including Scullers, the Harbor Park Summer Music Series, Prudential Summer Music Series, Thelonious Monkfish (renamed Mad Monkfish), Les Zygomates, Johnny D's, Spirit of Boston, Faneuil Hall Jazz Club, Chilton Club, Copley Art Society in Boston; Riverway Summer Music Series of Cape Cod; Fanwood Performance Series in New Jersey; Junebug Jazz Festival in Portsmouth, VA; as orchestra pianist with Skitch Henderson and the Virginia Symphony Pops; Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA; the Hardwick Wine and Jazz Festival, MA; Rose Art Museum, MA; The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Sardellas and Greenvale Vineyards (with Dick Lupino) in Newport, RI; the Chrysler Museum of Norfolk, VA; Ryles and The Red House, Cambridge, MA; NARA Park and Acton Jazz Cafe, Action, MA; Groton Hill Music School; Metropolitan Room, Cachaça, Somethin' Else, and Duplex in NYC; in addition to many other stages and clubs on the eastern seaboard including New York, Boston, Worcester and Richmond.

Hines's interesting compositions and harmonies earned her an appearance as guest on the Peabody Award-winning show, Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland on National Public Radio in 2000.

Her debut CD 9-45 (Brownstone) was released in 1998 to critical acclaim. Jazz critic Harvey Pekar wrote in the Boston Herald, "...Hines strikes a balance between the traditional and the avant garde on her first album, which is no mean feat... Her pieces and the group's airy, pensive performances are reminiscent of Miles Davis's quintet... Hines also summons up thoughts of Debussy, Ravel and pianist Bill Evans."

Pamela Trainor Hines received her M.M. in Jazz (with Honors) from New England Conservatory (Jazz Performance) in 1998 with honors. At NEC, Hines studied with Danilo Perez, Ran Blake and Charlie Banacos, and she was greatly influenced by George Russell, who was teaching his own Lydian Concept classes at that time.

In addition to her degree from NEC, Hines has degrees from Boston University (B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, on a full scholarship for basketball, Student-Athlete Award for 1984) and Old Dominion University (B.A. in Music Ed, Magna Cum Laude, induction into Pi Kappa Lambda).

In 2009, she wrote a book on the life of her father-in-law, Jerome Hines, an American-born basso who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for 41 years. "Jerry really wrote this book. I went through boxes and boxes of reviews, photos and documents, but I ended up using his own writings on his life to put it together. I tried to let Jerry tell his own story," says Hines.

She taught Jazz Studies classes at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, from 2005–07, and since 2007 has been teaching at Groton Hill Music Center (formerly Indian Hill) Groton, MA, and Fitchburg State University.

Reviews of her work can be found online at, and the websites of Jazz Improv, Jazz Review, Jazz Inside, Boston Herald, Hot House Jazz and numerous internet jazz sites including

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