Jonathan David Samuel Jones (October 7, 1911 – September 3, 1985) was an American jazz drummer. A band chief and pioneer in jazz percussion, Jones anchored the Count Basie Orchestra rhythm part from 1934 to 1948. He was typically generally known as Papa Jo Jones to differentiate him from youthful drummer Philly Joe Jones.
Jones died of pneumonia in New York City on the age of 73.
Known as Papa Jo Jones in his later years, he’s typically confused with one other influential jazz drummer, Philly Joe Jones. The two died just a few days aside.
His autobiography (as informed to Albert Murray), entitled Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones and primarily based on conversations between Jones and novelist Murray from 1977 to earlier than Jones’ loss of life in 1985, was posthumously printed in 2011 by the University of Minnesota Press.
In 1979, Jones was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame for his contribution to the Birmingham, Alabama musical heritage.
Jones was the 1985 recipient of an American Jazz Masters fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
In distinction to the prevailing jazz drum fashion exemplified by Gene Krupa’s loud, insistent pounding of the bass drum on every beat, Jones typically omitted bass drum taking part in altogether. Jones additionally continued a journey rhythm on hi-hat whereas it was constantly opening and shutting as a substitute of the frequent apply of solely putting it whereas it was closed. Jones’s fashion influenced the trendy jazz drummer’s tendency to play timekeeping rhythms on a cymbal that’s now generally known as the journey cymbal.
One well-known occasion of his irritable mood was within the spring of 1936, when he threw a cymbal on the bottom when a really younger Charlie Parker didn’t improvise after being unable to comply with the chords of the piece.
Jones carried out commonly in later years on the West End jazz membership at 116th and Broadway in New York City. These performances have been usually very effectively attended by different drummers similar to Max Roach and Roy Haynes. In addition to his artistry on the drums, Jones was recognized for his irascible, combative temperament.
He was one of many first drummers to advertise the usage of brushes on drums and shifting the position of timekeeping from the bass drum to the hi-hat cymbal. Jones had a serious affect on later drummers similar to Buddy Rich, Kenny Clarke, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, and Louie Bellson. He additionally starred in a number of movies, most notably the musical quick Jammin’ the Blues (1944).
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Jones moved to Alabama, the place he realized to play a number of devices, together with saxophone, piano, and drums. He labored as a drummer and tap-dancer at carnival exhibits till becoming a member of Walter Page’s band, the Blue Devils in Oklahoma City within the late Nineteen Twenties. He recorded with trumpeter Lloyd Hunter’s Serenaders in 1931, and later joined pianist Count Basie’s band in 1934. Jones, Basie, guitarist Freddie Green and bassist Walter Page have been typically billed as an “All-American Rhythm part,” a perfect workforce. Jones took a quick break for 2 years when he was within the army, however he remained with Basie till 1948. He participated within the Jazz on the Philharmonic live performance collection.