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Jo Jones (1911–1989)

Jo Jones

in Drumminʼ Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz The Swing Years

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195157628
eISBN:
9780199849468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157628.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

Jo Jones was slick. A handsome man with a highly expressive face and communicative eyes, he had “the look of a matinee idol”, particularly in the early years with the Basie band. Lean, lithe, an ... More


The Count Basie Institution

Papa Jo Jones

in Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673001
eISBN:
9781452947419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673001.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter contains a riveting account of Jo Jones’s tenure as a member of the Count Basie Orchestra, as well as his passionate defense for fellow jazz musician and bandmate, Count Basie himself. ... More


From Jazz to Pop: Swing in the 1940s

David Brackett

in Categorizing Sound: Genre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520248717
eISBN:
9780520965317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248717.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

“Swing,” as the most commercially successful variety of jazz, became the mainstream of popular music during the late 1930s. The growth in popularity of jukeboxes broadened the popular music field, ... More


Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Christopher Wilkinson

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031687
eISBN:
9781617031694
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

The coal fields of West Virginia would seem an unlikely market for big band jazz during the Great Depression. That a prosperous African American audience, dominated by those involved with the coal ... More


My Thirst after Knowledge Will Never Cease

Papa Jo Jones

in Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673001
eISBN:
9781452947419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673001.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter reveals that Jo Jones had a ravenous appetite for knowledge. He argues that he cannot have a background without all the writers influencing and, in the case of his biographer, Albert ... More


Jungle Madness: Jazz Dance and Exotic Numbers

John Wriggle

in Blue Rhythm Fantasy: Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040405
eISBN:
9780252098826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter considers some of Chappie Willet's approaches to instrumental dance music; including the framing of solo or ensemble virtuosity, the setting of new melodies over familiar chord ... More


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