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Wynton Marsalis leads a group of musicians through upper Manhattan's Riverside Church for the New Orleans-style funeral of vibraphonist Lionel Hampton in 2002.
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May 25, 2014 Around 1945, jazz's traditional funeral rites manifested in a more modern form of tribute. Now, some of the music's most powerful tunes are written in memory of late colleagues. Hear five examples.
Don Byron released Love, Peace, and Soul with his New Gospel Quintet on Feb. 21.
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March 12, 2012 Two recent albums, from Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet and Charlie Haden and Hank Jones, offer contrasting perspectives on the intersection of two quintessentially American music styles.
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Charlie Haden's latest album is Come Sunday, a collaboration with the late pianist Hank Jones.
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January 14, 2012 The jazz bassist says there's nothing more illuminating than improvisation. His newest album, Come Sunday, is a collaboration with the late pianist Hank Jones.
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Hank Jones (pictured) and Charlie Haden's album, Come Sunday, comes out Jan. 10.
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January 1, 2012 Two legendary musicians (one a keyboard master, the other a singular double bassist) gracefully interpret traditional hymns and spirituals. Listen closely and you'll be transported to the front pew of an inviting, timeworn church.
Detail from cover of Geri Allen, A Child Is Born.
December 21, 2011 For whatever reason, a number of fine jazz pianists have recorded Christmas albums for this holiday season. Here are five tracks from a few of the standout records released this year — with a bonus from a disc coming early next year.
Can you name all the musicians in the photo? Need help?
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September 10, 2010 Nominated for a 1995 Academy Award, Jean Bach's A Great Day in Harlem documented the gathering of 57 jazz greats on a Harlem front stoop for an Esquire magazine shoot in 1959. Bach remembers the legacy of this iconic image, including those who have appeared on Piano Jazz.
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Hank Jones was one of Marian McPartland's first guests on Piano Jazz in 1979.
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August 6, 2010 Legendary pianist Hank Jones was one of Marian McPartland's first guests when she began Piano Jazz more than 30 years ago. Jones died earlier this year, but in this 2009 session, McPartland asked another of her favorite pianists, Bill Charlap, to take a turn on the host's bench to catch up with Jones.
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Hank Jones in 2009.
June 17, 2010 When he was 90, Jones said he hoped to make each performance better than the previous one. Here, JazzSet celebrates that lifelong commitment to perfection with a concert from the late pianist at the 1998 Gilmore Festival in Kalamazoo, Mich.
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Hank Jones performs at the 2009 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards in New York, N.Y.
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May 18, 2010 After a show, Hank had a way of seeing you and making sure that he spoke with you, according to the producer of NPR's JazzSet. She shares her memories of recording Hank Jones in 1998, and seeing him perform as frequently as possible.
Hank Jones was the last of a musical dynasty, as well as a lynchpin in the history of jazz.
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May 17, 2010 Hank Jones was the last of a musical dynasty, as well as a linchpin in the history of jazz. Jones played with everyone from Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw to Charlie Parker and Marilyn Monroe. Jones died Sunday night after a brief illness. He was 91.
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