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, Roland began private piano studies with Ms. Josephine Love at an early age. After graduation from Cass Technical High School and a two-year stint in the US Army, he continued his musical studies at the Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music. He then followed with 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.
Sir Roland Hanna was born Roland Pembroke Hanna on February 10, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away November 13, 2002 in Harris, New York. Knighted by the government of Liberia in recognition of his fundraising for Liberian children, Hanna, a classically trained pianist, known for his elegant and versatile style is considered a jazz aristocrat. In addition to his work with artists like Charles Mingus, Carmen McCrae and Sarah Vaughn (as her musical director), a longtime member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewish Orchestra and his own group The New York Jazz Quartet Quartet and solo work, he was a prolific composer not only of jazz but classical music. Aside from his busy recording and performing schedule Hanna was also faculty at Queen’s College, New York.