Hank Jones

American jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer (1918-2010)

Henry "Hank" Jones (July 31, 1918 – May 16, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer. Jones recorded more than 60 albums under his own name, and countless others as a sideman.[1] 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.[2] He was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and raised in Pontiac, Michigan.

Hank Jones
Photo by Ed Newman
Photo by Ed Newman
Background information
Birth nameHenry Jones
Born(1918-07-31)July 31, 1918
Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
DiedMay 16, 2010(2010-05-16) (aged 91)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Years active1944–2010
LabelsVerve, Savoy, Epic, Capitol, Argo, Impulse, Concord, Chesky, Sony
Associated actsElla Fitzgerald
Charlie Haden
Nancy Wilson
Charlie Parker
Salena Jones
Roberta Gambarini
WebsiteHank Jones official site

Jones died in Manhattan, New York from an illness, aged 91.[3]


  1. "Jazz Review: Hank Jones". Archived from the original on 2004-10-23. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  2. "Hank Jones: The Man Who Accompanied Marilyn", The Marilyn Monrow Collection Blog, February 4, 2009.
  3. Peter Keepnews, "Hank Jones, Versatile Jazz Pianist, Is Dead at 91", New York Times, May 17, 2010.

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