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Hank Jones
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    (July 31, 1918-May 16, 2010)
    Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
    Birth name was Henry Jones, Jr.
    Jazz pianist
    Recorded the albums 'Hank Jones Piano' (1950), 'Urbanity' (1956), 'Hanky Panky' (1975), 'Hank' (1976), 'Bop Redux' (1977), 'Our Delights' (1978), 'Groovin' High' (1978), 'Steal Away' (1995), 'Porgy & Bess' (2003), 'Satin Doll' (2004), 'My Funny Valentine' (2005), 'West of 5th' (2006) and 'Pleased to Meet You' (2009)
    Sideman with Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Wes Montgomery and John Coltrane
    Staff pianist for CBS (1959-75)
    Conductor and pianist for the Broadway musical 'Ain't Misbehavin' (1978)
    Honors include the NEA Jazz Masters Award (1989), ASCAP Jazz Living Legend Award (2003), National Medal of the Arts (2008) and Lifetime Achievement Grammy (2009)
    His minister father disapproved of his playing jazz.
    For much of his career, he was overshadowed by his brothers, trumpeter Thad and drummer Elvin.
    He said of his stint with CBS, 'Most of the time during those 15 or so years, I wasn’t playing the kind of music I’d prefer to play. It may have slowed me down a bit.'
    He played the piano behind Marilyn Monroe when she sang 'Happy Birthday' to JFK.
    Classical conductor Andre Previn called Jones his favorite pianist 'regardless of idiom.'
    He continued playing until almost the end, touring Japan just three months before his death.

Credit: C. Fishel

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