Sam Jones

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Samuel Jones, 12 November 1924, Jacksonville, Florida, USA, d. 15 December 1981, New York City, New York, USA. A dependable bass player, cellist and composer of some fine tunes, Jones never achieved the kind of critical esteem which was accorded other players whose reputations were built during the 50s. The under-estimation of Jones’ talent is surprising in view of his contribution to a number of excellent bands, including those of Cannonball Adderley (1955-56 and 1959-66), Oscar Peterson (1966-69) and Cedar Walton from 1971. His partnerships with Billy Higgins (in Walton’s trio) and Louis Hayes (with Adderley and Peterson) were models of the imaginative support that a good modern, mainstream rhythm section should provide. Jones also worked with Tiny Bradshaw, Illinois Jacquet, Kenny Dorham, Thelonious Monk, Clark Terry, Bill Evans, and Johnny Hodges. In the 10 years before his death he freelanced and led a big band.

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