Henry Jones Jr. (July 31, 1918 – May 16, 2010), best known as Hank Jones, was an American jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer. Critics and musicians described Jones as eloquent, lyrical, and impeccable. In 1989, The National Endowment for the Arts honored him with the NEA Jazz Masters Award. He was also honored in 2003 with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Jazz Living Legend Award. In 2008, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. On April 13, 2009, the University of Hartford presented Jones with an honorary Doctorate of Music for his musical accomplishments.
Jones recorded more than 60 albums under his own name, and countless others as a sideman, including Cannonball Adderley's celebrated album Somethin' Else. On May 19, 1962, he played piano as actress Marilyn Monroe sang her famous "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" song to then U.S. president John F. Kennedy.
Birth and Death Data: Born July 31st, 1918 (Vicksburg), Died May 16th, 2010 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1965
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 158 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||73161||10-in.||11/27/1945||Get together with the Lord||The Jubalaires ; Andy Kirk||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73162||10-in.||11/27/1945||I know||The Jubalaires ; Andy Kirk||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73163||10-in.||11/27/1945||Soothe me||The Jubalaires ; Andy Kirk||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73264||1/3/1946||He's my baby||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73265||1/3/1946||Alabama bound||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73266||1/3/1946||Soothe me||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73267||1/3/1946||Doggin' man blues||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73590||5/23/1946||I don't know what I'd do without you||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73591||5/23/1946||I'm so lonesome I could cry||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73751||12/2/1946||Now you tell me||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73752||12/2/1946||Louella||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73753||12/2/1946||So soon||The Four Knights||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73754||12/2/1946||I'm falling for you||The Four Knights||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||74386||12/23/1947||I've got a feeling I'm fallin'||The Day Dreamers ; Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||74387||12/23/1947||You turned the tables on me||The Day Dreamers ; Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||74392||12/23/1947||I cried and cried and cried||The Day Dreamers ; Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||74393||12/23/1947||Robbins nest||The Day Dreamers ; Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75801||2/2/1950||Baby, won't you say you love me?||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75802||2/2/1950||Don'cha go 'way mad||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75936||3/6/1950||Solid as a rock||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75937||3/6/1950||I've got the world on a string||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75938||3/6/1950||Sugarfoot rag||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75939||3/6/1950||Peas and rice||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||76732||8/15/1950||I'll never be free||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||76750||8/25/1950||Dream a little dream on me||Louis Armstrong ; Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jones, Hank," accessed March 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323999.
Jones, Hank. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323999.
"Jones, Hank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 March 2021.
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