Saxophonist Kyle Nasser was a student of Economics and Political Philosophy at
Harvard University when his life was changed by an encounter with Hank Jones.
The legendary pianist, then in his late 80s, visited Cambridge to teach and play a
concert with the Harvard Jazz Band, making a profound impact on the young
saxophonist. “Seeing him in peak form and expressing joy through music at such
an advanced age was really deep,” Nasser recalls. “We took him out to dinner,
ended up playing a three-hour session, and then he asked us to take him home
so that he could get in some practicing before bed