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The Career Of Sir Roland Hanna

Nov 8, 2015

Jazz Unlimited for November 8, 2015 is “The Career of Sir Roland Hanna.”  Born in Detroit in 1932, Sir Roland Hanna studied at the Eastman School of Music and graduated from Julliard in 1960.  He was one of the most flexible of all the modern jazz pianists in that he was equally at home in big bands and small groups.  Hanna spent much of his career anchoring the Benny Goodman and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis big bands.  In 1970, he was named an honorary knight of Liberia.  We will hear him with Kenny Burrell, Richard Davis, Charles Mingus, Richard Davis, James Newton, Clark Terry, George Mraz, Jimmy Knepper, Ruth Brown, Joe Williams, the Jimmy Heath Little Man Big Band and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

The Slide Show has photographs of some of the musicians heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of November 16, 2015

Here is a video of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1969 playing Jerome Richardson's "The Groove Merchant" with Jerry Dodgion (as,fl) Jerome Richardson (as, sop) Eddie Daniels, Joe Henderson (ts) Pepper Adams (bar) Sir Roland Hanna (p) Richard Davis (b)