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RIP Hank Jones (1918-2010)

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.

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  1. I'm amazed that newspapers in London & in Canada have this sad news wheras the NY Times has no mention of it as of 10am Monday morning EDT. Shameful…

  2. The NY Times reported Jones' passing later. And a great loss it is, too. The Jones brothers were among the best family musicians out there, right alongside the Heath brothers. Sadly, the links to the jazz I grew up with and came to love are fast-fading.

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