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Jazz Pianist Hank Jones Dies at 91

Bebop legend was composer, arranger, bandleader and accompanist of note

Hank Jones

Pianist Hank Jones died yesterday in New York City. He was 91 years old.

Jones was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 31, 1918. He was raised along with his brothers Thad and Elvin in the Pontiac, Michigan area, where their father was Baptist deacon and lumber inspector. All three brothers went on to prominence as jazz musicians. Hank, the eldest, was the last one to pass on.

A more complete obituary to follow soon at

Jones was interviewed a little over a year ago by Don Heckman for a feature profile in the January/February 2009 issue of JazzTimes.

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