Roland Hanna

Sir Roland Hanna ( born February 10, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, † 13 November 2002 in Hackensack, New Jersey) was an American jazz pianist and composer.

Hanna was a child piano student of Josephine Love. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he studied at the Eastman and the Juilliard School of Music. His musical career began in 1958 as a partner of Benny Goodman, the following year he worked with Charles Mingus. From 1967 to 1974 he was a member of the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra; In 1971 he was involved in Charles Mingus ' big band album Let My Children Hear Music. In 1974, he was next to Frank Wess of the founding members of the New York Jazz Quartet. Later he joined mainly as a soloist or in small ensembles such as in a duo with George Mraz or as a companion to musicians like Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Miriam Klein and Al Hibbler. For a series of benefit concerts for the benefit Liberian children made ​​him the president of Liberia, William Tubman, 1970 in the peerage; Since then he called himself Sir Roland Hanna.

Hanna created more than four hundred compositions, in which he often exceeded the limits of jazz music. Below you will find the ballads Perugia and After Paris, a ballet for jazz orchestra and strings and Oasis for Piano and Orchestra, which was performed in 1993 by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

He also taught at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, the New School and at the Eastman School of Music.


  • Roland Hanna Plays Harold Rome 's Destry Rides Again with George Duvivier, Roy Burns, Kenny Burrell, 1959
  • Easy To Love by Ben Tucker, Roy Burns, 1959
  • Child of Gemini with Dave Holland, Daniel Humair, 1971
  • Sir Elf solo album, 1973
  • Stephane Grappelli Meets the Rhythm Section with Stephane Grappelli, George Mraz, Mel Lewis, 1973
  • Informal solo, solo album, 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, 1974
  • The New York Jazz Quartet In Concert In Japan with Ron Carter, Ben Riley, Frank Wess, 1975
  • Porgy & Bess with George Mraz, 1976
  • Sunrise, Sunset, super duo with George Mraz, 1976
  • 24 Preludes Book 1 with George Mraz, 1976
  • The New York Jazz Quartet: Song of The Black Knight with George Mraz, Richard Pratt, Frank Wess, 1977
  • Sir Elf Plus 1 with George Mraz, 1977
  • Glove with George Mraz, Motohiko Hino, 1977
  • Time For The Dancers with George Mraz, Richard Pratt, 1977
  • The New York Jazz Quartet: Surge with George Mraz, Richard Pratt, Frank Wess, 1977
  • Roland Hanna Plays The Music Of Alec Wilder, solo album, 1978
  • A Gift From The Magi, solo album, 1978
  • Bird Tracks: Remembering Charlie Parker solo album, 1978
  • Play For Monk with George Mraz, 1978
  • 24 Preludes Book 2 with George Mraz, GP 3154, 1978
  • Roland cape with George Mraz, Ben Riley, 1978
  • This Must Be Love with George Mraz, Ben Riley, 1978
  • Impressions with Major Holley, George Duvivier, Alan Dawson, Oliver Jackson, 1978
  • Trinity with Hans Koller, Attila Zoller, 1979
  • Spelman Francisco, Detroit, solo album, 1979
  • Piano Soliloquy, solo album, 1979
  • Swing Me No Waltzes, solo album, 1979
  • The New York Jazz Quartet in Chicago with George Mraz, Ben Riley, Frank Wess, 1981
  • The New York Jazz Quartet: Oasis with George Mraz, Ben Riley, Frank Wess, 1981
  • Romanesque with George Mraz, 1982
  • Manhattan Christmas, solo album, 1987
  • 'Round Midnight, solo album, 1987
  • Persia My Dear Richard Davis, Frederick Waits, 1987
  • This Time It's Real Jesper Thilo with the Quartet, SLP 4145, 1987
  • The Bar with Sir Clint Houston, Lewis Nash, 1988
  • When You Wish upon a star with Ron Carter, Ben Riley, 1989
  • Memoir with Eiji Nakayama1990
  • Duke Ellington Piano Solos, solo album, 1991
  • Sir Roland Hanna Quartet Plays Gershwin with Jon Burr, Ronnie Burage, Bill Easley, 1993
  • Jazz Sonatas with Dave Brubeck, Roland Dick Hyman, 1994
  • Hush A Bye by Eiji Nakayama, Seiji Komatsu, 1996
  • 3 for All with Jon Burr, Bucky Pizzarelli, 1996
  • The Three Black Kings with Richard Davis, Andrew Cyrille, 1997
  • Royal Essence: An Evening of Ellington with Davey Yarborough, 1999
  • Ancestral Light with George Mraz, 1999
  • Milano, Paris, New York: Finding John Lewis with George Mraz, Lewis Nash, 2001
  • Dream with Paul West, Eddie Locke, 2001
  • Everything I Love, solo album, 2002
  • I've Got a Right to Sing The Blues: The Music of Harold Arlen, with Carrie Smith, 2002
  • Last Concert with Eiji Nakayama, Miboko Hazama, 2002
  • Color From a Giant 's Kit (IPO ), 2002
  • Tributaries: Reflections on Tommy Flanagan solo album, 2003