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Hank Jones at The White House
 
Mon 17 November 2008
On November 17, 2008, not quite two weeks after he saw the first black President elected to the highest office in the land, Hank Jones and I visited the White House. He was invited to receive the nation's highest honor: The National Medal of Arts.

Of  course, we were greeted by George and Laura (a jazz lover, it turns out), as the transition to the nation's first black President would only happen the following January (2009). In any case, we were exhausted, having played the night before at Dizzy's in NYC. We had slept only a few hours, so the day spent at the WH felt dream-like to us both. Also being honored were living legend Olivia de Havilland and Stan Lee (creator of Spiderman). 

I will add to this album when time permits (I took hundreds of photos).

Enjoy!

  - jpl

 


Hank and Jean-Pierre in the East Dining Room

Hank Jones wearing the National Medal of Arts

Hank Jones with Stan Lee
2008

In the Blue Room
2008

JP with screen legend Olivia de Havilland
2008

Laura Bush introducing the Honorees


 
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