Saluting Hank Jones, Jazz's Great Gentleman (Part Two Of Two) : A Blog Supreme Jazz radio host Phil Schaap tells us about Hank Jones' link to Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy, the CBS studios and the jazz revival of the 1970s. Also, a link roundup of obituaries and interviews from around the Web.
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Saluting Hank Jones, Jazz's Great Gentleman (Part Two Of Two)

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Saluting Hank Jones, Jazz's Great Gentleman (Part Two Of Two)

Saluting Hank Jones, Jazz's Great Gentleman (Part Two Of Two)

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:

Saluting Hank Jones, Jazz's Great Gentleman (Part Two Of Two)

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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.