R.I.P. Hank Jones

spleeeeen

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/arts/music/18jones.html

I caught a great interview with him from 2005 broadcasted on NPR earlier today (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126884916 - audio should be up later today). In the interview, he talked about how, at the age of 86, he still practiced everyday, working on "new stuff" while keeping the old stuff in shape.

A wonderful person, a legendary musical figure, and the big brother in one of the most significant family legacies in American music.

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aydee

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Jason, I saw him last playing a dead beat dive in Tribecca , New York City late 80s, back when Tribecca wasn't as gentrified and hi- rent as it is today. I think I was one of three patrons in the joint that night and it seemed like a surreal private concert.

An incredible evening, but sort of sad in its own way.

RIP.

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spleeeeen

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Jason, I saw him last playing a dead beat dive in Tribecca , New York City late 80s, back when Tribecca wasn't as gentrified and hi- rent as it is today. I think I was one of three patrons in the joint that night and it seemed like a surreal private concert.

An incredible evening, but sort of sad in its own way.

RIP.

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Abe,

Wow, you seem to have a knack for procuring personal and/or intimate encounters with amazing people. Thanks for sharing that experience and yes, sort of sad in its own way.

Do check out the Fresh Air (NPR) interview when you have a moment--he sounds wonderfully exuberant and positive and shares some fabulous stories from the early days of bop (including some way-cool, kind of funny experiences with Art Tatum).

What a guy and what a family--must have been something in the water in that household (I wonder if they can pipe that over here to the west side of the state? ;-).

best,

spleen
 
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