Hank Jones


Birthday July 31, 1918

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace Vicksburg, MS

DEATH DATE May 16, 2010 (91)

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The Dean of Jazz Pianists. He accompanied numerous stars, including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald during her tour of England.

Before Fame

He started playing at local establishments by the time he was 13, and by his 20s, he had moved from Michigan to New York.


He was honored with the Jazz Masters Award by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1989 and was declared an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Jazz Living Legend in 2003.

Family Life

His two sisters played piano, and both his brothers, Thad and Elvin, became well-known jazzmen.

Associated With

He played the piano for Marilyn Monroe's infamous rendition of Happy Birthday at the May 19, 1962, Madison Square Garden birthday party for John F. Kennedy.