The JJA Awards

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The Jazz Journalists Awards ceremony yesterday at the Jazz Standard on New York City’s east side was more than three hours of jam-packed activity in a crowded club. The highlight of the afternoon was 90-year-old Hank Jones accepting the Pianist of the Year award. Beautifully dressed, erect, looking 20 years younger than his age and speaking prose as elegantly constructed as one of his solos, he said “This is encouragement to do better,” and, “It’s just the end of the beginning.”
There is little of Mr. Jones’s degree of class left in jazz. There is little of it in American life. “I’ll see you at this event in 20 years,” he said.
I hope that we are that fortunate.
For a complete rundown of the award winners and a marvelous photograph of Hank at the ceremony holding a photograph of Hank, please see the JJA web site by clicking here.

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