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Jo Jones shifted the timekeeping part from the drums through the bass drum towards the hi-hat cymbal, greatly influencing all golf swing and bop drummers. Friend Affluent and Louie Bellson had been just two music artists who discovered from his light but forceful playing, as Jones swung the Count number Basie Orchestra with the ideal accents and noises. After we were young in Alabama, Jones worked well like a drummer and faucet dancer with carnival displays. He became a member of Walter Page’s Blue Devils in Oklahoma Town in the past due ’20s. Over time with Lloyd Hunter’s music group in Nebraska, Jones shifted to Kansas Town in 1933, becoming a member of Count Basie’s music group the following yr. He proceeded to go with Basie to NY in 1936 along with Basie, Freddie Green, and Walter Web page, he formed among the great tempo areas. Jones was using the Basie music group (apart from 1944-1946 when he is at the armed service) until 1948, and in old age, he participated in lots of reunions with Basie alumni. He was on some Jazz in the Philharmonic trips and recorded within the ’50s with Illinois Jacquet, Billie Vacation, Teddy Wilson, Lester Youthful, Artwork Tatum, and Duke Ellington, amongst others; Jones made an appearance in the 1957 Newport Jazz Event with both Basie as well as the Coleman Hawkins-Roy Eldridge Sextet. He led classes for Vanguard (1955 and 1959) and Everest (1959-1960), a day for Jazz Odyssey which he reminisced and performed drum solos (1970), and middle-’70s classes for Pablo and Denon. In old age he was referred to as “Papa” Jo Jones, and regarded as a smart if brutally frank elder statesman.

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Full Name Jo Jones
Died September 3, 1985, New York City, New York, United States
Weight 93 kg
Profession Actor, Drummer, Musician
Nationality American
Music Groups Count Basie Orchestra, Kansas City Six, Oklahoma City Blue Devils
Music Songs It Was a Verry Good Year, Jumpin' at the Woodside, Hay Burner, Swingin' the Blues, Shiny Stockings, I'm Beginning to See the Light, One O'Clock Jump, Moten Swing, Let Me See, Shoe Shine Boy, Vamp 'til Ready, Switch in Time, It's Oh, So Nice, You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me, Just Friends, Send In the Clowns, Flight of the Foo Birds, Well Alright Okay You Win, But Not for Me, Cubano Chant, Blues in Frankie's Flat, That Warm Feeling, Blue And Sentimental, The Wind Machine, C" Jam Blues, Orange Sherbet, Satin Doll, Blues in Hoss's Flat, That's That, Splanky, Magic Flea, Thou Swell
Albums Jo Jones Trio, The Jo Jones Special, Our Man, Papa Jo!, The Main Man, Percussion And Bass (Digitally Remastered), Vamp 'Til Ready, The Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Pete Brown, Jo Jones All Stars at Newport, Good Morning Blues, For Basie (feat. Jo Jones, Shad Collins, Nat Pierce, Walter Page, Freddie Green) [Remastered 2016], Nice Jazz (Live at Nice "Grande Parade Jazz", 1978), Highway Jazz - Jo Jones, Vol. 1, Smiles (1969-1975) [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions], Special, Count on Me, Dream Big, Jo Jones Guest Artist: Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Show Time, Ze Best - Jo Jones, The Essential Jo Jones, The Everest Years: Jo Jones, Jo Jones Plus Two, Jo Jones Trio / Vamp Til Ready 2 on 1, Classics - Jo Jones, Jive at Five (Mono Version), The Legendary 1986 Session, Jo Jones Trio (Remastered 2014), Best of Jo Jones, My Best Songs, Jo Jones Trio (Mono Version), All My Succes, Essential Jazz Masters, All My Succes - Jo Jones, Jo Jones, Jo Jones Special Septet, Makin' Whoopee (Mono Version), Best of Teddy Wilson & Jo Jones, Vamp Till Ready, Jazz Legend, Sweet Georgia Brown, Jazz Magic '56, Jo Jones: Sextet
Movies Jammin' the Blues, Jazz Icons: Ella Fitzgerald: Live in '57 & '63

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1 Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1990.
2 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1990.
3 Jazz drummer.



Love Crimes 1992 Jazz Quartet
Sinatra 1992 TV Mini-Series A.D.
Jazz Is Our Religion 1972 voice
Route 66 1961 TV Series Lover Brown - The Memphis Naturals
Stormy Weather 1943 Drummer (uncredited)
Policy Man 1938



Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Any Way the Wind Blows 2003 writer: "Me and You Blues"



The Last of the Blue Devils 1979 Documentary Himself
Le grand échiquier 1974 TV Series Himself
Jazz on a Summer's Day 1959 Documentary Himself
Timex All-Star Jazz Show 1959 TV Series Himself
The Seven Lively Arts 1957 TV Series Himself - Drummer with Red Allen / Himself - Drummer with Count Basie
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Durmmer
Jammin' the Blues 1944 Short Himself - on Drums (as Joe Jones)

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A Great Day in Harlem 1994 Documentary Himself (uncredited)

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