Sir Roland Hanna
Roland Hanna with Ed Wiley, 2001
|Birth name||Roland Pembroke Hanna|
|Born||February 10, 1932|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||November 13, 2002 (aged 70)|
Hackensack, New Jersey
|Genres||Jazz, avant-garde, jazz fusion|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, bandleader|
|Instruments||Piano, electric piano, cello|
Hanna studied classical piano from the age of 11, but was strongly interested in jazz, having been introduced to it by his friend, pianist Tommy Flanagan. This interest increased after his time in military service, 1950–52. He studied briefly at the Eastman School of Music in 1953 and then enrolled at the Juilliard School when he moved to New York two years later. He worked with several big names in the 1950s, including Benny Goodman and Charles Mingus, and graduated in 1960. Between 1963 and 1966 Hanna led his own trio, then from 1966 to 1974 he was a regular member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. Hanna also toured the Soviet Union with this orchestra in 1972. During the 1970s he was a member of the New York Jazz Quartet.
Roland Hanna was in semi-retirement for most of the 1980s, though he played piano and wrote the song "Seasons" for Sarah Vaughan's 1982 album Crazy and Mixed Up, and returned to music later in the decade. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Hanna was a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Around this time, he also began composing chamber and orchestral music; a ballet he wrote has also been performed.
Hanna is often referred to as "Sir Roland Hanna" as he was given an honorary knighthood by President William Tubman of Liberia in 1970. Hanna was a professor of jazz at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) in Flushing, New York, and taught at several other music schools. He died of a viral infection of the heart on November 13, 2002.
|1959||Destry Rides Again||Some tracks trio, with George Duvivier (bass), Roy Burns (drums); some tracks quartet, with Kenny Burrell (guitar) added|
|1959||Easy to Love||Trio, with Ben Tucker, Roy Burns|
|1971||Child of Gemini||MPS||Trio, with Dave Holland (bass), Daniel Humair (drums)|
|1973||Sir Elf||Solo piano|
|1973||The New Heritage Keyboard Quartet||Blue Note||With Mickey Tucker (piano), Richard Davis (bass), Eddie Gladden (drums, percussion)|
|1974||Perugia||Freedom||Solo piano; in concert|
|1974?||Informal Solo||Solo piano|
|1974?||1 X 1||with George Mraz|
|1974?||A Jazz Hour with Roland Hanna Walkin'||with Stephane Grappelli, George Mraz, Mel Lewis|
|1974?||Let It Happen||with The Jazz Piano Quartet|
|1976?||Porgy & Bess||with George Mraz|
|1976?||Sunrise, Sunset, Super Duo||with George Mraz|
|1976?||24 Preludes Book 1||with George Mraz|
|1974–77||Sir Elf||Some tracks solo piano; some tracks duo, with George Mraz (bass) added|
|1977?||At Home with Friends||with George Mraz, Richard Pratt|
|1977?||Time for the Dancers||with George Mraz, Richard Pratt|
|1978?||Roland Hanna Plays the Music of Alec Wilder||Solo piano|
|1978||A Gift from the Magi||West 54||Solo piano|
|1978||Bird Tracks||Progressive||Solo piano|
|1978||Play for Monk||Duo, with George Mraz (bass)|
|1978?||24 Preludes Book 2||with George Mraz|
|1978?||Rolandscape||with George Mraz, Ben Riley|
|1978?||This Must Be Love||Progressive||Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Ben Riley (drums)|
|1978–79||Impressions||Black & Blue||With Major Holley and George Duvivier (bass; separately), Alan Dawson (drums)|
|1979?||Trinity||with Hans Koller, Attila Zoller|
|1979?||Och jungfrun gick åt killan...||Solo piano|
|1979||Piano Soliloquy||L + R||Solo piano|
|1979||Swing Me No Waltzes||Solo piano; reissue by Storyville added tracks from 1973|
|1982?||Gershwin Carmichael Cats||One track duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, dectet|
|1982?||Romanesque||Black Hawk||Duo, with George Mraz (bass)|
|1987?||Manhattan Christmas||Solo piano|
|1987||'Round Midnight||Town Crier||Solo piano|
|1987||Persia My Dear||DIW||Trio, with Richard Davis (bass), Freddie Waits (drums)|
|1987||This Time It's Real||Storyville||Quartet, with Jesper Thilo (tenor sax), Mads Winding (bass), Aage Tanggaard (drums); in concert|
|1987||Glove||Black Hawk||Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Motohiko Hino (drums)|
|1988?||The Bar||with Clint Houston, Lewis Nash|
|1989?||When You Wish Upon a Star||with Ron Carter, Ben Riley|
|1990||Duke Ellington Piano Solos||Musicmasters||Solo piano|
|1993||Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Volume Thirty-Two||Concord||Solo piano; in concert|
|1994?||Jazz Sonatas||with Dave Brubeck, Dick Hyman|
|1996?||Hush A Bye|
|1996?||3 for All||with Bucky Pizzarelli|
|1997?||The Three Black Kings|
|1999?||Royal Essence: An with of Ellington||with Richard Davis, Andrew Cyrille|
|1999?||Ancestral Light||with George Mraz|
|2001||Dream||Venus||Trio, with Paul West (bass), Eddie Locke (drums)|
|2002||Milano, Paris, New York: Finding John Lewis||Venus||Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)|
|2002||Everything I Love||IPO||Solo piano|
|2002?||I've Got a Right to Sing The Blues||IPO||Duo, with Carrie Smith (vocals)|
|2002||Après Un Rêve||Venus||Trio, with Ron Carter (bass), Grady Tate (drums)|
|2002||Tributaries: Reflections on Tommy Flanagan||IPO||Solo piano|
- Colors from a Giant's Kit (IPO)
With the New York Jazz Quartet
- In Concert in Japan with Ron Carter, Ben Riley, Frank Wess (Salvation, 1975)
- Surge with George Mraz, Richard Pratt, Frank Wess, (Enja, 1977)
- Song of the Black Knight with George Mraz, Richard Pratt, Frank Wess (Sonet, 1978)
- Blues for Sarka with George Mraz, Grady Tate, Frank Wess (Enja, 1978)
- Oasis with George Mraz, Ben Riley, Frank Wess (Enja, 1981)
- The New York Jazz Quartet in Chicago with George Mraz, Ben Riley, Frank Wess (Bee Hive, 1981)
With Mingus Dynasty
- Live At Montreux (Atlantic 1981)
- Reincarnation (Soul Note 1982)
- Mingus' Sounds Of Love (Soul Note 1988)
- Live At The Village Vanguard (Storyville 1989)
- Epitaph (Charles Mingus composition) (As Mingus) (Columbia 1990)
With Pepper Adams
With Gene Ammons
- My Way (Prestige, 1971)
With George Benson
- Good King Bad (CTI, 1975)
With Dee Dee Bridgewater
- Afro Blue (Trio, 1974)
With Ruth Brown
- Ruth Brown '65 (Mainstream, 1965)
With Kenny Burrell
- Swingin' (Blue Note, 1956 [rel. 1980])
- On View at the Five Spot Cafe (Blue Note, 1959)
- Asphalt Canyon Suite (Verve, 1969)
- Ellington Is Forever Volume Two (Fantasy, 1975)
With Ron Carter
- Love Calls (RCA Victor, 1968)
With Richard Davis
With Eddie Daniels
- First Prize! (Prestige 1966)
- Jon & Billy (Trio, 1974)
With Stéphane Grappelli
- Meets the Rhythm Section (1973)
With John Handy
- In the Vernacular (Roulette, 1958)
With Jimmy Heath
- Little Man Big Band (Verve, 1992)
With Al Hibbler
- Early One Morning (LMI, 1964)
With Freddie Hubbard
- The Hub of Hubbard (MPS, 1970)
With Elvin Jones
With Jim Hall
- Concierto (CTI,1975)
With Miriam Klein
- By Myself (L+R, 1979)
With Jimmy Knepper
With Hubert Laws
- Laws' Cause (Atlantic, 1968)
- Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra – Jazz At Lincoln Center: They Came To Swing (Sony, 1992)
With Herbie Mann
- Glory of Love (A&M, 1967)
With Les McCann
- Comment (Atlantic, 1970)
With Charles Mingus
- Mingus Dynasty (Columbia, 1959)
With Frank Morgan
- You Must Believe in Spring (Antilles, 1992)
With Idris Muhammad
- House of the Rising Sun (Kudu, 1976)
With Ray Nance
- Body and Soul (Solid State, 1969)
With Kwame Nkrumah
- The Ninth Son (Columbia, 1969)
With Seldon Powell
- Seldon Powell Sextet Featuring Jimmy Cleveland (Roost 1956)
With Red Rodney
With Don Sebesky
- The Rape of El Morro (CTI, 1975)
- Prancin (Steeple Chase 1979)
With Sonny Stitt
With Phil Woods
- Round Trip (Verve, 1969)
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