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Hank Jones Turns 85

Hank Jones will turn 85 on July 31 and, as is the custom in celebrating the advanced age of jazz’s elder statesmen, a large group of jazz legends will congregate in a club to perform in the pianist’s honor. The party, to be held at New York’s Blue Note, won’t occur until August 11, but Jones belated celebration will be no less outstanding for its lateness. As an undisputed king of swing and bop, Jones will be feted by many of his contemporaries, including Oscar Peterson, Jimmy Heath and his little brother Elvin, as well as younger players like pianist Eric Reed and relatively younger players like trumpeter Jon Faddis. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and the Blue Note is at 131 West 3rd St in Manhattan. To make reservations, call the club at (212) 475-0049. Those not able to attend still get to hear the music, birthday party CDs are increasingly favorite projects at jazz record labels. Here’s a list of the confirmed artists on the bill:

Oscar Peterson, Freddy Cole, Elvin Jones, Monty Alexander, Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Geoff Keezer, Eric Reed, Harold Mabern, Cedar Walton, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Marian McPartland, James Williams, Benny Green, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Lewis Nash, Tony Reedus, Bob Cranshaw, George Mraz, Peter Washington, Ray Barretto, Candido and Jon Faddis.

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