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- Posted on May 17th 2010 12:20PM by Mike Ayers
Born in Vicksburg, Miss., music -- jazz in particular -- seemed to run through Jones' blood. His brother Elvin became the storied drummer for most of John Coltrane's celebrated albums and another brother, Thad, was a celebrated trumpet player. But for Hank, the role of leader didn't emerge until later in his career. His early efforts can be heard on two influential albums from the late 1950s: Cannonball Adderley's 'Somethin' Else' and Coltrane's 'Bags & Trane.' He also logged recording sessions with Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery and, more recently, Joe Lovano.
As a band leader himself, Jones released 19 albums and was honored in 1989 by the National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters Award, the highest honor a jazz musician can receive from the NEA. In 2003, ASCAP recognized Jones' talents and recording contributions by bestowing the Jazz Living Legend Award upon him. And although he never won a Grammy despite five nominations, Jones was given the Lifetime Achievement award in 2009.
Check out Jones differentiating styles while he accompanies Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald and several others in the video below.