I was in New York last Monday, and not long after I heard the news of Hank Jones' passing, I stopped into my alma mater WKCR. Phil Schaap was there, and he is very good at talking to people about jazz. So I asked him to talk to me about Hank for NPR. He gave me six totally impromptu minutes, barely edited, about Marilyn Monroe, the "true" job of a studio musician and the 1970s breakthrough where Jones finally made his own records, his own way:
Elsewhere, there is also this:
- The sad story of Hank Jones' final residence appeared today in the New York Times City Room blog.
- A few years ago, Nextbop's proprietors (pre-Nextbop) spoke with Hank Jones at the Montreal Jazz Festival. They asked him, as one might expect, about jazz's younger generation. Here is that brief interview.
- Ethan Iverson has something in the works, he informs us. But he has thought of Mr. Jones before, here, in 2006.
- The New York Times, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press and Los Angeles Times weigh in.
- Howard Mandel reprints his 2009 Down Beat story. He collected too many shout-outs to Hank to print, so here are some more.
- Ben Ratliff listened to music with Hank Jones in 2005.
- Darcy James Argue compiles even more remembrances.