Hank Jones
Born: 1918

The oldest of the three Jones brothers (Hank, Thad and
Elvin), Henry “Hank” Jones was born in
Vicksburg, Mississippi and grew up in Pontiac, Michigan,
where he studied piano at an early age and came under the
influence of Earl Hines, Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson and Art
Tatum. By the age of 13 Jones was performing locally in
Michigan and Ohio. While playing with territory bands in
Grand Rapids and Lansing he met Lucky Thompson, who
invited him to New York City in 1944 to work at the Onyx
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