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Dill Jones

A fantastic, if now relatively forgotten, stride pianist, Dill Jones was created in Wales, studied piano in London, and used Humphrey Lyttelton (1947-1948). He led his personal trio, worked well in studios, and on radio in London through the 1950s. In 1961, Jones relocated to NY where he performed frequently at Condon’s, Ryan’s, as well as the Metropole with such players as Yank Lawson, Maximum Kaminsky, Roy Eldridge, Bob Wilber, Jimmy McPartland, and Gene Krupa, fitted right along with the Condon gang. Jones teamed up with Budd Johnson within the JPJ Quartet (1969-1974), documented a single tribute to Bix Beiderbecke for Chiaroscuro (1972), and caused the Countsmen as well as the Harlem Blues & Jazz Music group.

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