Jonah Jones (born Robert Elliott Jones; December 31, 1909 – April 30, 2000) was a jazz trumpeter who created concise variations of jazz and swing and jazz requirements that appealed to a mass viewers. In the jazz group, he’s recognized for his work with Stuff Smith. He was typically known as “King Louis II,” a reference to Louis Armstrong. Jones began enjoying alto saxophone on the age of 12 within the Booker T. Washington Community Center band in Louisville, Kentucky, earlier than shortly transitioning to trumpet, the place he excelled.
Jonah Jones married the trumpeter, clarinetist and hornist Elizabeth Bowles (1910–1993), sister of Russell Bowles. They had 4 youngsters.
He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999 and died the next yr in New York City.
Jones carried out within the orchestra pit underneath the route of Alexander Smallens and briefly in an onstage musical sequence of Porgy and Bess, starring Cab Calloway.
A 1996 videotaped interview accomplished by Dan Del Fiorentino was donated to the NAMM Oral History Program Collection in 2010 to protect his music for future generations.
Starting within the Fifties, he had his personal quartet and commenced concentrating on a system which gained him wider enchantment for a decade. The quartet consisted of George “River Rider” Rhodes on piano, John “Broken Down” Browne on bass and Harold “Hard Nuts” Austin on drums. The most-mentioned accomplishment of this type is their model of “On The Street Where You Live”, a strong-swinging therapy of the Broadway tune with a boogie-woogie leap blues really feel. This effort succeeded and he started to be recognized to a wider viewers. This led to his quartet acting on An Evening With Fred Astaire in 1958 and an award on the Grammy Awards of 1960, receiving the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. In 1972 he made a return to extra “core” jazz work with Earl Hines on the Chiaroscuro album Back On The Street. Jones loved especial recognition in France, being featured in a jazz competition within the Salle Pleyel.
Jones was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Jones started his profession enjoying on a river boat named Island Queen, which traveled between Kentucky and Ohio. He started within the Nineteen Twenties enjoying on Mississippi riverboats after which in 1928 he joined with Horace Henderson. Later he labored with Jimmie Lunceford and had an early collaboration with Stuff Smith in 1932. From 1932 to 1936 he had a profitable collaboration with Smith, however within the Forties he labored in massive bands like Benny Carter’s and Fletcher Henderson’s. He would spend most of a decade with Cab Calloway’s band which later grew to become a combo.