The great pianist and composer Hank Jones died in New York yesterday. Here’s his official site.
His younger brothers, the trumpeter and composer/arranger/bandleader Thad (1922-1986), and drummer Elvin (1927-2004), both pre-deceased him. That great flowering of piano geniuses from Detroit will live on through their records, and with younger luminaries Barry Harris and Kirk Lightsey.
A very sad loss. RIP.
UPDATE: Nate Chinen’s blog has a classy piece.
UPDATE: Tim Dickeson has sent in this fine picture taken by him at Jazz a Juan 2008, where Hank Jones performed with Cheikh Tidiane Seck.