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Henry "Hank" Uribe
Jan.3, 1934-Feb.28, 2011
Resident of San Jose
Henry "Hank" Uribe, 77, of San Jose, Ca died peacefully on Feb 28th, 2011. Born Jan 3, 1934 in San Diego, Ca. He was preceded in death by parents Louisa and Raul, brothers Ernie, Rubin, and Rudy, and sisters Laura and Lupe. His family settled in SF in 1940. Hank was a graduate of Polytechnic High School in SF where, at 16 yrs, his talent as a jazz drummer began to flourish. He played numerous jazz gigs in the SF bay area during this time. After graduating he secured a job at Pacific Bell and continued to play the jazz circuit around SF when he was drafted into the army. He was given a 2 yr duty in Korea in the signal corp. Towards the war's end, his talent as a jazz drummer was recognized by the army and he was re-assigned to play in a jazz quartet to entertain overseas troops at USOs. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Pacific Bell where he stayed there with a commendable career working his way from the bottom of Pac. Bell's career ladder to a top engineering mgmt position where he retired after 30 yrs at the age of 49. This gave him time to focus on his successful career as a jazz drummer. He eventually settled in San Jose and married in 1961, and to his delight raised two joys of his life, Ann and David. His other joy was his grandchildren Kayla, Lauren, Jack, and Kate. Hank's musical career as a jazz drummer spanned over 60 yrs. His outstanding musical talent put him in demand by some of the most outstanding jazz musicians and vocalists on the American jazz scene. He backed up such stars as June Christy, Johnny Mathis, Vince Guaraldi, Red Norvo, The Brothers Four, Smith Dobson, Charlie Byrd, Billie Butterfield, Slim Gaillard, just to name a few. His was a caring, generous, dependable friend and father and will be greatly missed.
Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at 9:00 am at Queen of Apostles Church, 4911 Moorpark Ave in San Jose. The family asks that donations be made to the in lieu of flowers.

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 4, 2011
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