Hank O'Neal

Honorary Founders Board

Hank O'Neal

During a forty-year career in music, Hank O'Neal formed two record companies (Chiaroscuro Records and Hammond Music Enterprises); built two recording studios (WARP and Downtown Sound); produced over 200 jazz LPs/CDs and, in conjunction with his business partner Shelley M. Shier and their production company HOSS, Inc., over 100 music festivals (The Floating Jazz Festival, The Blues Cruise, Mardi Gras At Sea, Big Bands At Sea and others from 1983-2002); published a number of books and articles on jazz; photographed most of the giants of jazz from the second half of the 20th Century; exhibited these photographs regularly; and served on the boards of various non-profit organizations that serve the jazz community, including the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program of The New School (1985 to present), the Jazz Foundation of America (1993 to present), The Jazz Gallery (1995 to present), and the National Jazz Museum In Harlem.

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