Monday, May 17, 2010

Hank Jones

For My Father

Another jazz legend is gone - Hank Jones passed away yesterday - Sunday May 16th. He was 91 - the much honoured and awarded pianist was made an NEA Jazz Master and recieved an honorary doctorate from University of Hartford as well as a Lifetime Grammy Award in addition to numerous nomiations.  He appeared on over 60 albums and in addition to his elegant piano was known as a bandleader and composer.

Hank's talents were fostered in a musical family - in fact two of the seven brothers and sisters - Elvin and Thad - drums and trumpet respectively became respected jazz musicians as well - one of jazz' most famous families.  He performed with the Who's Who of jazz including Ella Fitzgerald - as accompanist, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker, Diana Krall, Charlie Haden....his versatility, sensitivity and eloquence made him an in demand musician.

Jones continued to perform up until recently including working with the lovely Roberta Gambarini and Joe Lovano. I am listening to the exquisite "For My Father" - with George Mraz and Dennis Mackrel.

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