******* GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN *******
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 Sir Roland Hanna
On, Wednesday, November 13 morning, Sir Roland Hanna
I remember seeing Sir Roland Hanna in Detroit quite often, and in Umbria in '87.
I read his name every morning when I awake and look at the Umbria poster lineup.
As with the passing of any of the great artists, we will miss him and
are grateful for the legacy he shared with us.
There will be a memorial concert WED Dec. 11 at Queen's College in NYC.
Aaron Copland School of Music to honor jazz legend Sir Roland Hanna, in memorial concert on
Wednesday evening, December 11, 2002, at 8pm, in LeFrak Concert Hall.
Free event -- No tickets required!!! Open to the entire college community.
For further details, please see the School of Music website or call the Music Office at 997-3801.
Guest performers include:
--Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)
--Jimmy Heath (sax)
--Barry Harris (piano)
--Grady Tate (drums)
--The QC Orchestra (the Queens College Orchestra), conducted by Maurice Peress,
--and others performers scheduled to appear at the December 11 memorial concert include
-- Yoshio Aomori (bass),
-- Cecil Bridgewater (trumpet),
-- Richard Davis (bass),
-- Jon Faddis (trumpet),
-- Barry Harris (piano),
-- Fred Hersch (piano),
-- Eddie Locke (drums),
-- Jimmy Owens (trumpet),
-- Jeb Patton (piano),
-- Carie Smith (vocalist),
-- Frank Wess (saxophone),
-- Paul West (bass), and
-- Michael Weiss (piano).
For A PAST RECORD OF ELLINGTON BY HANNA AT LINCOLN CENTER
The following is from the biography on http://www.rahannamusic.com
Sir Roland Hanna was one of the major artists in jazz, and one of the most flexible pianists of any generation.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Sir Roland began his piano studies at an early age. After graduation from Cass Technical
High School and a two-year stint with the US Army Band, he continued his musical studies at the Eastman and
Juilliard Schools of Music. He then took a mega-mile career journey, performing in concert halls and clubs in the
major cities of the world. He was knighted, in 1970, by then President William V.S. Tubman of Liberia for
humanitarian services to that country.
He was a pianist who performed solo; contributed meaningfully to orchestras, bands, and small groups; and
provided sensitive, sympathetic accompaniment to such artists as the late Sarah Vaughn (for whom he was musical
director), Carmen McRae, and Al Hibbler. As a soloist, his finely tuned sense of time and Rock-of-Gibraltar left hand
enable him to create, without assistance, performances of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic excitement. As an
ensemble player, his individuality displayed musical talent that has been honed and refined with years of experience.
His experiences have included almost every aspect of music and have occurred in such disparate contexts as The
Benny Goodman Big Band, Charles Mingus experimental groups, The Eastman Symphony Orchestra, The Thad
Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, The New York Jazz Quartet, The American Composers Orchestra, the Lincoln Center
and Smithsonian Jazz Orchestras, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to an active itinerary that carried him to major clubs and auditoriums throughout the United States,
Europe and Japan, the 1990's provided Sir Roland the opportunity to return to his native Detroit as guest soloist
with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra to perform his composition, "Oasis," a work for piano and orchestra. Previous
performances of this work include its premiere by the Eastman Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Symphony
Orchestra of Norrkoping. He also performed Duke Ellington's "New World a Comin'" and George Gershwin's
"Rhapsody in Blue" as featured soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. The pianist and
composer was the honoree of the 23rd Annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party in Phoenix, Arizona on April 15th and 16th in 2000.
In addition to his performance and recording endeavors, Sir Roland was also a prolific writer. His writing displays the
same talent, creativity, and versatility demonstrated in his performances. A catalog of over 400 compositions
includes not only works for standard jazz ensembles recorded by him and other recognized jazz artists; it also
includes trios for cello, flute and french horn, as well as larger works for piano and orchestra. Sir Roland's writing
incorporates a mixture of jazz and classical elements. It is a style often referred to as Classical Jazz. His works
also include a jazz ballet for jazz orchestra and strings, commissioned by the BalletMet of Columbus Ohio and
choreographed by Graciela Daniele. The ballet, "My Name is Jasmine, But They Call Me Jaz," had its premiere at
the Ohio Theater in that city in April 1992 and continues as part of the company's repertoire. A four-movement
"Sonata For Chamber Trio and Jazz Piano," was recorded on Angel Records in 1994; and, in 1996, his "Sonata For
Piano and Violin," commissioned by The Library of Congress, premiered in Washington, DC, choreographed by
Mr. Danny Buraczeski and the Jazzdance dance troupe. Expanded in 2000 to include cello, the work was performed
by the New York Philomusica Chamber Ensemble and the Sanford Allen Chamber Ensemble.
It is so wonderful that Roland was able to contribute to several points of the star of creativity. We will miss him.
The wake was on Sunday, November 17, and the funeral was in New York City, Monday, November 18.