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Ornette Coleman at the SF Jazz Festival

Hank Jones

Bösendorfers must dream of nights like this.

The piano at New York’s Blue Note club was played by a series of legends, leading lights and long-distance runners all in celebration of Hank Jones’s 85th birthday. From colleagues like Barry Harris and Kenny Barron, to acolytes like James Williams and Bill Charlap. From the soulful artistry of Harold Mabern and Monty Alexander to the modernity of Eric Reed and Gerri Allen. From the delicacy of Marian McPartland to the elbows of Hilton Ruiz. They-plus an A-list of other veterans (Roy Haynes, Clark Terry, George Mraz, Jimmy Heath, Ben Riley, George Coleman and even Oscar Peterson, who sadly declined to play)-gave it up for the man who was born in Mississippi, grew up a Michigander and split for the jazz road in the ’30s.

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