Carmell Jones Biography

William Carmell Jones, 19 July 1936, Kansas City, Kansas, USA, d. 7 November 1996, Kansas City, USA. After attracting favourable attention for his trumpet playing in bands in the Kansas City area, Jones moved to Los Angeles in 1961, where he joined Bud Shank for an engagement at the Drift Inn, Malibu. He recorded with this group and later worked with Gerald Wilson and the Red Mitchell - Harold Land Quintet with whom he also recorded. Most of 1965 was spent touring with Horace Silver and by the end of the year Jones had become resident in Germany. He played regularly as a member of radio and studio orchestras, mainly in Berlin, and also worked with his old high-school friend, Nathan Davis. In the music he recorded in the 60s Jones displayed an affinity with Clifford Brown and his return to the US jazz scene in the early 80s showed that in maturity he had developed into an accomplished player, who deserved a wide audience.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.