Hank Jones died last night in a New York hospital following a brief illness. He was 91. For a thorough obituary, see this piece by Peter Keepnews in The New York Times.
The last times I heard Mr. Jones, at the 2008 Lionel Hampton festival, his elegance, celebrated evenness of touch and full command of the piano were undiminished:
The ranking master of the evening was pianist Hank Jones, playing beautifully in his 90th year. His two-piano duet partners, sixty-odd years younger, were Gerald Clayton and Taylor Eigsti. Each of the three also played a solo piece. John Clayton joined him on bass and Jones performed Satin Doll" with notable vigor...
His vigor never subsided, nor did his sensitivity or ability to move an audience, as in this recent Tokyo appearance.
I recommend Howard Mandel's Jazz Beyond Jazz posting about Mr. Jones. Go here.
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