Chicago was where Hinton first encountered economic diversity among African-Americans, about which he later noted, "That's when I realized that being black didn't always mean you had to be poor.
Music was a fixture at home. His mother and other relatives regularly played piano. He received his first instrument — a violin — in for his thirteenth birthday. In addition to taking lessons on the violin, Hinton and his mother attended performances at the Vendome Theater every Sunday, featuring the orchestra of Erskine Tate with Louis Armstrong as a feature soloist.
Clark Smith. After graduating from high school, Hinton attended Crane Junior College for two years, during which time he began receiving regular work as a freelance musician around Chicago. His first steady job began in the spring of , playing tuba and later double bass in the band of pianist Tiny Parham. His recording debut on November 4, was on tuba with Parham's band on a tune titled "Squeeze Me.
With this group he first recorded on double bass in the spring of In , Hinton joined the Cab Calloway Orchestra, initially as a temporary replacement for Al Morgan while the band was on tour en route to a six-month residency at the newly opened midtown location of the Cotton Club in New York City. He quickly found acceptance among the band members, and he ended up staying with Calloway for over fifteen years. Until the Cotton Club closed in , the Calloway band would perform there for up to six months per year, going on tour for the remaining six months of the year.
It was at this time that he recorded what is possibly the first bass feature, "Pluckin' the Bass" in August Hinton appeared regularly on radio while in Calloway's band, either on bass in concerts broadcast from the Cotton Club, or as a cast member for the short-lived music quiz show "Cab Calloway's Quizzicale.
They also gave listeners a chance to hear examples of jive talk, which Calloway would formalize through publications such as his Hepster's Dictionary , first published in Hinton credits Chu Berry with elevating the overall musicianship of the Calloway band in part by encouraging Cab to hire arrangers such as Benny Carter to create new arrangements that would challenge the musicians.
As Hinton put it, "Musically he was the greatest thing that ever happened to the band. Hinton credits Gillespie with introducing him to many of the experimental harmonic practices and chord substitutions that would later be associated with bebop.
In when Hinton returned to Chicago for his grandmother's funeral, he met Mona Clayton , who was then singing in his mother's church choir. The two were married a few years later and remained inseparable for the rest of Milt's life.
Mona was his second wife; the first was a brief relationship in the s with Oby Allen, a friend he knew from high school. He and Mona's only child, Charlotte, was born on February 28, Mona had begun traveling with the Calloway Orchestra in the early s—the only musician's friend or spouse to do so.
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