I’m thrilled that Hank has entered the blogosphere. We have so much to thank him for: the long series of Chiaroscuro recordings, the concerts at the New School (I was there for a few and treasure the experience), his Floating Jazz Festivals, his wonderful photographs, his book THE GHOSTS OF HARLEM. In general, he’s been one of the most energetic and thoughtful friends this music has. (And any man who was a friend of Eddie Condon, Ruby Braff, and Squirrel Ashcraft deserves canonization.)
Now he’s got a wonderful blog — with long, lively entries on Earl Hines, John Bunch, Hank Jones (all of whom he knew and worked with), and this splendid picture of Jacqueline Onassis:
Hank is also a very fine writer: gracious, natural, sharp-eyed. What he writes is first-hand; it’s not a series of other people’s observations. I’ve added his blog to my list of morning must-reads and think you’ll want to do so also.