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Hank Jones

The oldest of the Jones brothers, Hank Jones has been a supreme accompanist and underrated soloist. He's among the most accomplished sight readers in jazz, and his flexibility and sensitive style have kept him extremely busy cutting sessions and working in various groups and styles ranging from swing to bebop. He's worked with vocalists, played in big bands and done many solo, trio, and combo dates.

Born in 1918 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Jones moved with his family to the Detroit area while still a child, and studied piano early, listening carefully to Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Earl Hines, and Fats Waller. He began playing in the midwest at age 13, and worked in territory bands. Jones met Lucky Thompson in one of these groups, and Thompson invited him to New York in 1944 to work with Hot Lips Page at the Onyx Club. Jones worked for a while with John Kirby, Howard McGhee, Coleman Hawkins, Andy Kirk, and Billy Eckstine, then began touring in 1947. He worked with Jazz at the Philharmonic, then accompanied Ella Fitzgerald from 1948 to 1953. Jones also cut many sessions for Norman Granz's labels in the late '40s and early '50s, many with Charlie Parker. He worked and recorded in the '50s with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Lester Young, Milt Jackson, and Cannonball Adderley before joining CBS' staff in 1959. He worked on such programs as The Ed Sullivan Show and stayed with CBS until they disbanded the staff in 1976. He recorded several sessions with Savoy in the mid- and late '50s, playing with Donald Byrd, Herbie Mann, Wendell Marshall, and Kenny Clarke, among others. He also recorded solo and quartet dates for Epic. His quartet with Osie Johnson, Barry Galbraith, and Milt Hinton became one of New York's busiest during the early '60s, sometimes doing three dates a day. They cut albums for Capitol and ABC in 1958, though Galbraith missed the ABC sessions. Jones continued recording at Capitol, Argo, and Impulse in the early '60s, at times working with his brother Elvin. He made a host of recordings in the '70s. There were solo dates for Trio and Galaxy, and trio sessions for Interface and Concord, among others in the '70s. There were duo dates with Flanagan for Verve and Galaxy in the late '70s. Jones served as pianist and conductor for the Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin in the late '70s. He also played in the Great Jazz Trio, originally with Ron Carter and Tony Williams. (Buster Williams replaced Carter on the trio's first recording date.) Jones continued with the trio into the '80s, though Eddie Gomez and Al Foster later became his mates, and Jimmy Cobb replaced Foster in 1982. The trio also backed Art Farmer, Benny Golson, and Nancy Wilson. Jones was the resident pianist at the Cafe Ziegfeld in the early '80s, and toured Japan with George Duvivier and Sonny Stitt. He kept his recording blitz going into the digital era. In 1989, he was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. In 2004, he was awarded as an ASCAP Jazz Living Legend; five years later, he received a National Medal of Arts; and in 2009, Jones earned a Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys. One year later, he died in the Bronx while in hospice, just a few weeks after returning from performance dates in Japan. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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Track List: The Great Jazz Trio At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 2

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This is the reason that Pandora is easily my favorite go-to music resource. I've found more artists I've never heard on here than I'd ever imagined existed. And I had a music collection at 20 that most people still don't have at 80. Tim Westergren- you're an icon to me.
A bona fide member of Jazz Royalty. This track shows why that is true. Hank Jones' music lives on and we are thankful.
Just. For. Fun
by. Hank. Jones
on Just. For. Fun
Sorry for the following
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary.put this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. This is scary because it really works.
great,great stuff
Great music.Is there a transcript available?
First time listener, won't be the last time....a true master!
r.orzecho
His fingers and mind touch my soul.
milgorjon
A true master of his instrument.. . . a genius for real. RIP Hank, you were among the very best!!!
Hank will always get delighted listeners even in the 22nd Century. He had immense talent which you could hear the very first time you hear him at a piano. I have treasured my listening to his fingers on a keyboard since 1977, the first time I heard him.
lmanier06
We should thank the Creator of all mankind for giving us this Jones family.
cef1953
Fabulous! Oh- i disagree about him being the God of elevator music.... No way! Why would someone say that??

He was a very talented piano player.
Just discovered Hank Jones last year. Better late than never!
1stchairflut e
Magnificient jazz-
Bravo for the cool of it
a true talent
lorantrodewa l d
soulful, genius at work here,,, listen carefully for the spirit lifting the melody.
Hank Jones... god of all elevator music.
you need to hear this guy. wow !
kemptonjones
wow, we never knew. we are so very humbled and fortunate to have this expirience at this time in our lives we will share this with our children so as to keep the memory of greatness alive. thank you MR. Jones.
gregn8870
Brother Jones is one of my favorite pianist. I love the way he swings and the intimate touch he has behind singers. He will never be forgotten. I know he's swingin in heaven right now. May God bless him.
i've always been nuts about elvin and thad jones....thi s is my frist time really listening to big bro hank...lovin g it..
Love Hank's playing. Pandora has introduced me to some great music/zazz. In my earlier years, I didn't appreciate jazz like I do now!
RIP - Hank Jones. A true musical giant who just recently left us. Thank God he left so much great music behind for the rest of us.
dbsheffield5
cool jazz, his sister was my baby sitter as a young boy. fine family !
bmoore58
Just fabulous, had to look up the bio, what an artist, what a human being!
I saw Hank Jones at the Hollywood Bowl last year (2008) in a concert entitled 90+90. Hank with his trio and Gerald Wilson with his jazz orchestra, both 90 years old. Hank played with an elegance, grace and transcendanc e rare among pianists. He was deeply inspiring, not just for his beautiful and moving interpretati o n s of jazz classics, but also for the fact that at 90 years of age, this gentleman of jazz was in full posession of his musical powers. Long Live Hank Jones!
Hi
I really enjoyed this piece, so far the best rendition of round midnight.
Mysticpris
How much talent can you uncover in one family? All three guys contribute to the jazz genre in their own unique way!
some real smooth stuff man i dig it
GENIUS
smooth,swing i n g & v e r y tasteful.

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