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Legendary Jazz Pianist Hank Jones Dies At 91

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Legendary Jazz Pianist Hank Jones Dies At 91

Legendary Jazz Pianist Hank Jones Dies At 91

Legendary Jazz Pianist Hank Jones Dies At 91

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Hank Jones was the last of a musical dynasty, as well as a lynchpin in the history of jazz. Rafa Rivas/Getty Images hide caption

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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.

In the summer of 2007, just before he turned 89, Jones said he had no plans to retire.

"No. None whatsoever," Jones said, laughing. "Not as long as I can move my fingers."

Jones made good on his words, practicing every day, performing and recording into his 90s. Jones loved finding the melody, even in the most angular bebop.

"I listened to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie at The Three Deuces, where they were working," Jones said. "And I began to think, 'Well, maybe there are parts of this that I can incorporate into my style, without changing my basic style.' "

You can hear the full remembrance by clicking the audio link at the top of the page.

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