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A jazz pianist and composer, Bob Hinz received his Bachelors degree in Music Theory from SUNY Stony Brook, his Masters in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, and his Doctorate in Jazz Studies from New York University.  He has recorded three albums as a leader:  A Moment Set Apart, a collection of mostly original music for piano, an amalgam of new age, classical, folk and jazz, Flying Colors a melodic blend of smooth and contemporary jazz, and Instead of Words a collection of originals for jazz quintet and strings.  His composition, "Chemistry," from the recording Flying Colors, was selected for the 1998 National Association of Recording Merchandisers jazz sampler compact disc.  This compilation of jazz artists included Sonny Rollins and Tom Harrell, and appeared on the Billboard jazz chart in the summer of 1998.  In October of 2000, Bob was featured in full length Sunday New York Times Article titled "Jazzman Sets Tin Ears Ringing".  In June of 2001, he was a featured Guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, a National Public Radio Broadcast program.


As an author and educator, his best-selling books of jazz piano transcriptions, The Artistry of Bill Evans, Vol. 2, and The Artistry of George Shearing, are published by Alfred.  Other books include Jazz Piano Cluster Voicing Workshop, Jazz Piano Quartal Voicing Workshop (an in-depth look at quartal voicing techniques for jazz pianists), and The Improviser's Guide to Melodic Embellishment (a two-volume collection of studies that immerse the jazz musician in vocabulary for improvising melodies and introduce the player to the concept of embellishment).  These are published by Charles Colin, in New York.  The Bud Powell Real Book (a collection of 44 Bud Powell compositions transcribed directly from Powell's recordings), is published by Hal Leonard.  The Virtuoso Jazz Pianist, is a collection of exercises that orient the jazz pianist in techniques that necessary and appropriate for playing jazz piano.  Bob's articles have been published in Clavier, Music Educators Journal, Jazz Educators Journal, Teaching Music, and  Creative Keyboard, the online website published by Mel Bay.


Bob has taught piano, music theory, jazz improvisation, and jazz history at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, Suffolk County Community College, Nassau County Community College, and the State University of New York College at Fredonia, and has been teaching piano privately since 1975.  He also works as a pianist performing in the New York area.  Currently, Bob is working on another CD, Send It In, eleven original compositions for jazz quintet.