Moses Hardy, believed to be the second-oldest man in the world and the last black U.S. veteran of World War I, died Thursday at a nursing home in Aberdeen, Miss. He would have been 114 on Jan. 6.
Robert Young, senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records, said research by his group, National Public Radio and others had been unable to locate any other surviving black World War I veterans. He said about a dozen American veterans of that war remain.
JAY McSHANN, 90 Jazz pianist
Jay "Hootie" McShann, a jazz pianist and bandleader who helped refine the blues-tinged Kansas City sound and introduced the world to saxophonist Charlie Parker, died Thursday at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. The cause of death was not released.
Mr. McShann, whose musical career spanned eight decades and earned him accolades from both blues and jazz aficionados, was born James Columbus McShann in Muskogee, Okla. Against the wishes of his parents, he taught himself how to play piano.
He hooked up with Mr. Parker in 1937, and the two worked together off and on until 1941. Mr. Parker, who earned his nickname "Bird" while playing with Mr. McShann's orchestra, made his recording debut on Mr. McShann's "Hootie Blues" in 1941.