Jesse Stone

Decades Active: 1990s


16 November 1901, Atchison, Kansas, USA, d. 1 April 1999, Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA. Stone’s earliest musical experience was performing with his family’s minstrel show. After moving to Kansas City, he played piano with several territory bands throughout the south-west during the 20s and additionally led his own band. Although little known and not recorded, the band was home for a while to musicians who later made their names in the wider world of jazz, among them Coleman Hawkins, Budd Johnson and Alton Moore. In addition to working with his own bands, Stone also became arranger and musical director with other territory bands. These included the bands of Terrence Holder, whom Stone helped form the Clouds Of Joy in 1929; George E. Lee, recording with this band and its singer, Julia Lee, also in 1929; Thamon Hayes’ Kansas City Rockets, for which he was co-director from 1931; and this band’s successor, Harlan Leonard’s Rockets, from 1934....

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