Jazz Great Hank Jones Dies in New York

Monday, May 17, 2010  |  Updated 2:45 PM EDT
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Jazz Great Hank Jones Dies in New York

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Pianist Hank Jones performs at the Recording Academy Grammy Tribute to Jazz at the Music Box at Henry Fonda Theatre on February 3, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Hank Jones, whose 70-year career included accompanying Marilyn Monroe when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died. He was 91.

Manager Jean Pierre Leduc says Jones died Sunday night at a hospital in New York after a brief illness.

Jones won a Grammy lifetime achievement award last year and received the National Medal of Arts in 2008. He also worked as an accompanist to Ella Fitzgerald.

He continued to perform until the end. He was scheduled to play at the landmark Birdland Jazz Club in New York City next week.

At last year's Jazz Awards, Jones was voted pianist of the year. The crowded field of nominees included such distinguished veterans as Kenny Barron and Keith Jarrett.
 

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