Hank Jones

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(L to R) Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, Benny Powell, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Hank Jones, Frank Foster
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Elvin Jones with Hank Jones, May 2002
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George Mraz, Hank Jones, Joe Lovano and Paul Motian
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Few current musicians have had as lengthy and as productive a career as pianist Hank Jones. Born in Vicksburg, Miss. in 1918, Jones was the oldest of the three illustrious Jones brothers, which included cornetist-arranger Thad and drummer Elvin. He was also the first of the great Detroit pianists to emerge, preceding Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris and Roland Hanna. Jones grew up in Detroit, played in territory bands as a teenager, and moved to New York in 1944. He worked on 52nd Street with many all-stars and had associations with the John Kirby Sextet, Howard McGhee, Coleman Hawkins, the Andy Kirk Orchestra and Billy Eckstine. Jones’ swing-to-bop style was influenced by Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum and later Bud Powell, and it has been flexible enough not to need to change much through the years.

Jones worked on Jazz at the Philharmonic tours starting in 1947, was Ella Fitzgerald’s accompanist during 1948-53, recorded with Charlie Parker, and for a period in the 1950s was a regular member of Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five. Jones was extremely busy from the late 1940s on, working on radio, on television, in the studios, on a countless number of recordings and with such jazz giants as Benny Goodman, Lester Young and Cannonball Adderley. Even when he was on the staff of CBS during 1959-76, he always found time to play jazz, leading his own trios and performing with virtually every important jazz figure of the past 60 years, including on rare occasions his brothers. He was the pianist with the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ in the 1970s (playing Fats Waller songs), on an occasional basis recorded with a group called the Great Jazz Trio and has recently recorded duet albums with Joe Lovano and Roberta Gambarini. Hank Jones’ lightly swinging, tasteful and impeccable style is as intact in the early 21st century as it was in the 1950s.

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04/02/12    The Wilmeth Wyvern    By Tom Wilmeth

Charlie Haden & Hank Jones' 'Come Sunday'

03/17/12    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

The Gig: Goin' Home

01/05/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Charlie Haden & Hank Jones’ Final Collaboration. ‘Come Sunday,’ Out Next Week

March 2011    Farewells    By Kenny Barron

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05/17/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Jazz Pianist Hank Jones Dies at 91

01/20/10    Albums    By John Schu

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01/20/10    Albums    By John Schu

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11/25/09    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Berlin Jazz Festival

04/23/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

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January/February 2009    Features    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Highs & Lows

January/February 2009    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Top 50 CDs

January/February 2009    Features    By Don Heckman

Hank Jones: I Haven’t Done My Best Yet

December 2008    Albums    By George Kanzler

Our Delight
The James Moody and Hank Jones Quartet

December 2008    News    By George Varga

Jazz for Obama: Democratic Jazz Party

07/08/08    Concerts    By John Murph

Hank Jones Invitation Series at Montreal Jazz Festival

May 2008    Vox    By Christopher Loudon

You Are There
Roberta Gambarini & Hank Jones

04/21/08    Concerts    By George Kanzler

Savannah Music Festival

02/19/08    Concerts    By Doug Ramsey

Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

09/19/07    Concerts    By Willard Jenkins

DC Jazz Festival

June 2007    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Kids: Duets Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Joe Lovano & Hank Jones

June 2007    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Kids: Duets Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Joe Lovano & Hank Jones

March 2007    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

West of 5th
Hank Jones/Christian Mcbride/Jimmy Cobb

November 2006    Albums    By Steve Futterman

Hank and Frank
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November 2006    Albums    By Steve Futterman

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09/19/06    Concerts    By Scott Yanow

Monterey Jazz Festival 2006

05/23/06    Concerts    By Willard Jenkins

Art of Jazz Celebration 2006

May 2006    News    By Michael Kabran

Granny Grammys: The Old Guard Won Again

November 2005    Albums    By Harvey Siders

Well, Here It Is
Eddie Diehl and Hank Jones

November 2005    Albums    By Harvey Siders

Well, Here It Is
Eddie Diehl and Hank Jones

October 2005    Albums    By Owen Cordle

For My Father
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October 2005    Albums    By Owen Cordle

For My Father
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September 2005    Albums    By Harvey Siders

The New York Rhythm Section
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September 2005    Albums    By Harvey Siders

The New York Rhythm Section
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07/19/05    Concerts    By Christopher Porter

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January/February 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

The Talented Touch/Porgy and Bess
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January/February 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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January/February 2004    Features    By David R. Adler

Hank Jones: Have You Met Mr. Jones?

November 2003    Cadenza    By Gary Giddins

Always Au Courant

08/13/03    Concerts    By Ashley Kahn

Hank Jones at The Blue Note

June 2002    Albums    By Owen Cordle

1969 All-Star White House Tribute to Duke Ellington
Various Artists

June 2002    Albums    By Doug Ramsey

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07/03/01    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

2001 Vitoria-Gasteiz and San Sebastian Jazz Festivals

05/08/01    By Ira Gitler

May 2000    Albums    By Patricia Myers

Take Two
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January/February 1998    Features    By Bret Primack

Art Tatum: No Greater Art

December 1997    Albums    By Harvey Pekar

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Master Class

32 Jazz

The Trio

Chiaroscuro Records
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The Talented Touch/Porgy and Bess

Okra-Tone

Justin Time for Christmas Four

Justin Time Records
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Well, Here It Is

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Hank and Frank

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For My Father

Justin Time Records
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The New York Rhythm Section

Fresh Sound Records

Hanky Panky

Test of Time
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1969 All-Star White House Tribute to Duke Ellington

Blue Note Records
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You Are There

EmArcy
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West of 5th

Chesky Records
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Kids: Duets Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Blue Note Records
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Norman Granz' J.A.T.P. Carnegie Hall, 1949

Pablo
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Take Two

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Our Delight

IPO
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Hank and Frank II

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