Earl “Fatha” Hines Collection Donated to Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley has received a gift from the estate of Earl “Fatha” Hines. A world-renowned pianist, Hines is considered one of the early pioneers of jazz. He died in 1983 at the age of 79.

The donation includes more than $250,000 that will fund the Young Musicians Program at Berkeley for low-income music students in grades 4 to 12. In addition to the cash gift, the university will be receiving Hines’ personal papers, memorabilia, stage costumes, correspondence, and written compositions. The Earl “Fatha” Hines Collection will be housed at the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at Berkeley.