Sometime between 1983 and 1984, Gregory Hines decided to put a band together. His film career was beginning the flourish and his contribution to Broadway had been solidified with three back-to-back shows. The band would become Hines’s retreat away from the other demands of his career and a return to the kind of entertainment he had grown up with – a combination of singing, telling jokes and stories, playing music, and of course, tap dancing.
Barry Saperstein (drums), Rick Cutler (keys), and Keith Loving (guitar), three members of the original quartet would remain with Hines for the next 18 years. Other members would join along the way. Some would come and go, but the majority always remained connected.
On February 12th and 13th, 2021, Celebrate Greg! (a Tap Legacy Summit) hosted six members of the Hines Band for two days of sharing stories and remembering their friend.
Below are the videos from that event.