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Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi , Henry "Hank" Jones moved to Pontiac, Michigan , where his father, Henry Jones Sr. a Baptist deacon and lumber inspector, bought a three-story brick home. One of seven children, Jones was raised in a musical family. His mother Olivia Jones sang; his two older sisters studied piano; and his two younger brothers— Thad , a trumpeter, and Elvin , a drummer—also became prominent jazz musicians. [7] He studied piano at an early age and came under the influence of Earl Hines , Fats Waller , Teddy Wilson , and Art Tatum . By the age of 13 Jones was performing locally in Michigan and Ohio . While playing with territory bands in Grand Rapids and Lansing in 1944 he met Lucky Thompson , who invited Jones to work in New York City at the Onyx Club with Hot Lips Page . [8] [9]

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