Hank and I met at Bradley’s maybe 25 or 30 years ago. He was always so busy and he didn’t play a lot around New York until he started working there at Bradley’s. It was an incredible place for jazz pianists and jazz musicians in general.
Later, in the ’90s, we started doing this tour in Japan with 10 pianists. It was called “100 Gold Fingers,” organized by a Japanese promoter. We did it for quite a few years. Usually we’d go to Japan in mid-May to play for about three weeks. So I got a chance to play with him a lot during that period, and I got to know him as well. That was a great experience. He was the acknowledged master among everybody; he was the top dog, so to speak.