Henry Jones, 31 July 1918, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA. Eldest of three remarkable brothers in jazz (Thad Jones and Elvin Jones), Hank Jones was raised in Pontiac, Michigan and by the beginning of his teenage years played piano professionally in local bands. In 1944 he went to New York where he joined the Oran Hot Lips Page band. Although Jones had previously been in the mainstream of jazz, he was an eager student and fully aware of the changes currently taking place in the music. He incorporated bebop into his repertoire but remained an eclectic player, happily adapting to suit the needs of the artists he accompanied (who ranged from Coleman Hawkins to Charlie Parker).
Jones freelanced extensively throughout the 50s, working with Jazz At The Philharmonic, Benny Goodman and Milt Jackson among many, and ended the decade by becoming a staff musician at CBS Records where he remained until the mid-70s. During this long period of...
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