Wikipedia : This day (April 22, 1983), in Oakland, California, died Earl Hines a.k.a Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, an American jazz pianist.
The Red Hot Jazz Archive : Earl Hines has been called the first modern jazz pianist. His style differed from other pianists of the Twenties in his use of what were then considered unusual rhythms and accents.
@allmusic : In 1948, the economic situation forced Hines to break up his orchestra. He joined the Louis Armstrong All-Stars, but three years of playing second fiddle to his old friend were difficult to take. After leaving Armstrong in 1951, Hines moved to Los Angeles and later San Francisco, heading a Dixieland band.
@last.fm : In 1928 (on his 25th birthday) Hines began leading his own big band. For over 10 years his was “The Band” in Al Capone’s Grand Terrace Cafe — Hines was Capone’s “Mr Piano Man”. Hines’s band became the most broadcast band in America.