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Happy Birthday Hank Jones!

Today was Hank Jones' birthday! As wonderful a man as he is a pianist, I wish him many more years of good health and rich experiences. I used to see Hank a lot when I was with Riverside Records, almost 50 years ago, My camera caught him—albeit barely—last December, when my long-time friend and colleague, Ira Gitler celebrated his 80th. Also see in this photo is vivist Teddy Charles, Dexter's widow, Maxine Gordon, that great singer, Helen Merrill, and producer Mike Cuscuna.


  1. It's Maxine Gordon, not Lorraine! (Sorry to be pedantic).

  2. Thanks for that. Correction duly made.

  3. You're welcome - and I love your blog! (What's more - I was born the very day of Lil Hardin's death). (Writing from Ireland).