Jazz Musician Hank Jones, 91, Dies
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Legendary Jazz pianist Hank Jones has died at the age of 91.
His manager, Jean Pierre Leduc, told The Associated Press that Jones died yesterday at a New York hospital following a brief illness.
Jones was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1918. According to his official website, Jones began his illustrious jazz career playing with bands from Michigan, Ohio and New York, and settled in New York City in 1943. He began playing at the Onyx Club with Hot Lips Page, and later worked as a pianist at CBS. Over the course of his career, he played with many of the world's most talented jazz musicians, including Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, and Charlie Parker.
His numerous honors include a National Medal of Arts, awarded to him in 2008, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which was given to him last year.