Lovett Hines is the Artistic Director and founder of the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts Music Education Program. Since 1985, students in the program have participated in a broad range of activities including private instruction, master classes, ensembles, summer jazz camp and live performance around the US.
He secured a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from the University of the Arts, music training at Combs College of Music, Grambling State University and the University of Maryland. He is credited for launching the careers of many young accomplished musicians and artists. Through two decades at the Philadelphia Clef Club and prior to that at Settlement Music School, he has mentored some of the most high-profile jazz artists to have emerged from Philadelphia during that time, most notably bassist Christian McBride, organist, Joey DeFrancesco, saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, and drummer Justin Faulkner.
Hines has served as program director at the Trane Stop Resource Institute, director for the “Change of the Century Orchestra” that performed at the Berlin Jazz Festival. Music director for the Jerry McCleary Revue at Club Harlem in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
A highlight of his music career was his performance as Musical director of the Heavenly Horns, who performed with the Grammy Nominated Dixie Hummingbirds at the “Music in the Air” 70th Anniversary Celebration, which included Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Isaac Hayes.