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Subject: Musician Hank Jones was born 100 years ago today (died 2010)

He played piano as Marilyn Monroe sang her famous "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to President John F. Kennedy
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Date Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 11:39:57am
In reply to: Other birthdays, July 31- 's message, "Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell is 87 today" on Tuesday, July 31, 11:24:17am

Henry Jones Jr. (July 31, 1918 – May 16, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer. Critics and musicians described Jones as eloquent, lyrical, and impeccable. In 1989, The National Endowment for the Arts honored him with the NEA Jazz Masters Award.

He was also honored in 2003 with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Jazz Living Legend Award. In 2008, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. On April 13, 2009, the University of Hartford presented Jones with a Doctorate Degree for his musical accomplishments.

Jones recorded more than 60 albums under his own name, and countless others as a sideman, including Cannonball Adderley's celebrated album Somethin' Else. 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.


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