By David Gura
Hank Jones, a jazz great, who played with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Charlie Parker to Marilyn Monroe, passed away on Sunday night, at a hospital in the Bronx. NPR's Elizabeth Blair says Jones embodied elegance and versatility:
"Often dressed in a coat and tie, Hank Jones played in just about every setting imaginable: TV, Broadway, and recording sessions with all the jazz greats."
Born in Mississippi, raised in Michigan, he was one of seven children in a very musical family that includes Thad, a trumpeter, and Elvin, a drummer.
Jones was 91 years old.
NPR Music's Patrick Jarenwattananon has a wonderful remembrance of Jones on A Blog Supreme, with links to archived NPR interviews with the pianist. Enjoy!