Sir Roland Hanna was one of the major figures in jazz. His diverse experience as a musician (pianist and cellist), composer, arranger, teacher, diplomat, and humanitarian made him a dynamic driving force in the development of the art form.
Born in Detroit in 1932, Hanna's first musical influence was the gospel and rythm and blues heard in his preacher father's church. This was coupled with formal training in classical piano from an early age. His musical evolution continued beyond graduation from Cass Technical High School and through a two year assignment in the United States Army Band. After the army, he studied at the Eastman School and then Julliard. In 1958 he played with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, appearing at the Newport Jazz Festival and on a European tour ending at the Brussels World's Fair. In 1959, he played with Charles Mingus at the Half Note.
During the sixties, he traveled the world appearing with major orchestras, leading his own group, or performing as a soloist. In 1969, he embarked on a benefit tour in Africa for music students. In recognition of his humanitarian efforts for education in Africa, he was knighted by Liberian President William Tubman in 1970.
His amazingly varied career includes serving as Sarah Vaugh's musical director, anchoring the Rosengarden Orchestra on the Dick Cavett show, touring with a classical quartet performing his cello compostitions, forming the New York Jazz Quartet, while writing over 400 compositions and recording over 40 albums.
February 13, 2017
Roland Hanna: Child of Gemini
September 23, 2011
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August 24, 2011
Roland Hanna - Colors from a Giant's Kit (2011)
August 03, 2011
Sir Roland Hanna Piano Solo: Colors from a Giant's Kit
January 21, 2009
Roland Hanna Plays Alec Wilder
April 15, 2004
IPO Recordings Presents New CDs By Tom Mcintosh & The Late Sir Roland...
November 05, 2003
'To Sir With Love' A Tribute To Sir Roland Hanna
November 21, 2002
Sir Roland Hanna: Pianist Was Jazz Aristocrat
November 19, 2002
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November 19, 2001
Pianists Sir Roland Hanna, Terry Waldo & Melvin Chen Play "Rags,...