Jo Jones

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz drums percussion drummer Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia


Jonathan Jones, 7 October 1911, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 3 September 1985, New York City, New York, USA. While he was still a child Jones became adept on several instruments, including trumpet and piano. In his teens he worked as a singer and dancer, taking up drums along the way. By the late 20s he was drumming in territory bands, eventually settling in Kansas City in the early 30s. It was here that he met Count Basie, at the time still plain Bill Basie, and worked with him on a number of occasions before joining the band full-time in 1936. Here Jones became a member of the magnificent ‘All-American Rhythm Section’ with Basie, Freddie Green and Walter Page. The flowing, rhythmic pulse of the band was aided enormously by Jones’ changes to previous conceptions of jazz drumming. He shifted the dominant role among the instruments at his disposal from the bass drum to the hi-hat cymbal, thus creating an enviable looseness in which he was free to...

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