Best known for his elegant, masterful playing and prolific work as a leader and sideman, Hank Jones was an American jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer described by critics and musicians as eloquent, lyrical, and impeccable. An NEA Jazz Master, Jones was also honored in 2003 with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Jazz Living Legend Award and in 2008 the National Medal of Arts.
The oldest of the Jones brothers, in addition to recording over 60 albums as a leader, Hank Jones was perhaps best known as a supreme accompanist. Among the most accomplished sight readers in jazz, his flexibility and sensitive style kept him extremely busy cutting sessions and working in various groups and styles ranging from swing to bebop.
Paying tribute to Hank Jones will be Steve Denny, an active pianist and educator who was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. Steve holds a BA in music from Loyola University Chicago, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and an MM in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado.
Gift of Jazz presents
A Blind Tiger Tribute to Hank Jones
Sunday, February 25 at 3pm
at La Cour; as always, our Blind Tiger events are intimate affairs that include a gourmet three-course dinner accompanied by libations. Seating is very limited, so make your reservations today to guaranty your spot!