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Hank Jones

Hank Jones

1918 - 2010

Origin: United States

Main instrument: Piano

Genre: Jazz

The eldest of three musician brothers, Thad and Elvin, acclaimed pianist Hank Jones was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Jones spent most of his adolescence playing in various local groups with his brothers, until settling in New York City, where he soon performed with such renowned artists as Billy Eckstine or Coleman Hawkins. In 1947, Jones became Ella Fitzgerald's resident pianist, and later, Benny Goodman, all the while touring with the Jazz at the Philharmonic Orchestra until 1951. In 1959, he worked as CBS's in-house pianist, a job he would hold until 1976. Always active in music, Hank Jones remained prolific throughout his career. The posthumous album Come Sunday, recorded with Charlie Haden, is scheduled for release in 2010.


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