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February 10, 1932 - November 13, 2002


Roland Hanna is featured on a September 1958 episode of Art Ford's Jazz Party.

Roland Hanna was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 10, 1932 where he began playing classical piano as a adolescent. Jazz rapidly became his main focus after being introduced to the genre by pianist Tommy Flanagan.

Hanna enrolled at the Juilliard School in 1955 following a move to New York.

He played with Charles Mingus and worked with a number of big bands at the time including Benny Goodman's.

Upon graduating in 1960 he led his own trio before joining the "Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Orchestra" in 1966 and remaining a permanent member until the mid-'70s.

Granted honorary knighthood by President William Tubman of Liberia in 1970 he is often referred to as 'Sir'.

He went on to teach music as a jazz professor at a number of schools including the Aaron Copland School of Music in Flushing, Queens.

Roland Hanna died in Hackensack, New Jersey on November 13, 2002 from an infection.

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