Pianist Hank Jones Dies

Pianist Hank Jones Dies
Jazz pianist Hank Jones died Sunday in Manhattan, N.Y. He was 91 years old. Jones' career included work in music, radio and television. Known as one of the most respected jazz pianists of the postwar era, Jones worked as a sideman for more than three decades, most notably accompanying GRAMMY-winning vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Jones was also a member of the last group led by jazz clarinetist Artie Shaw. In 1967 he formed the Great Jazz Trio with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams and received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Instrumental Performance, Group in 1979. Two years later he took on the role of musical director and onstage pianist for the Broadway musical, "Ain't Misbehavin'." Jones was recognized with The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. (5/17)

More Than $1.5 Million Raised For Tenn. Flood Relief
GRAMMY-winning artists Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban, among others, participated in Music City Keep On Playin' — A Benefit for Flood Relief, a concert and telethon airing live on the Great American Country network May 16 in Nashville, Tenn., raising more than $1.5 million toward flood relief efforts in Middle Tennessee. A Gulf Aid benefit concert was also held May 16 in New Orleans raising funds for fishermen affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and featured performances by GRAMMY-winning artists Ani DiFranco, Lenny Kravitz and John Legend, among others. In more benefit news, Latin GRAMMY-winning artist Juanes received the Al-Rashid Hope Award for his humanitarian efforts at the annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala on May 16. (5/17)

Bjork, Ennio Morricone Honored
GRAMMY-nominated artist Bjork and GRAMMY-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone are recipients of the 2010 Polar Music Prize, worth $130,000 each. The honorees will be recognized at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, later this year. The Polar Music Prize, founded in 1989, recognizes individuals, groups and institutions who have reached exceptional achievements in music. (5/17)

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