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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 Musical Life of Papa Jo Jones

Paul Devlin

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/9780816673001.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

The introduction gives a brief overview of the life and times of innovative jazz drummer Papa Jo Jones. Born Jonathan David Samuel Jones in the 17th of October 1911, Jones suffered a devastating loss ... More


Drumminʼ Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz The Swing Years

Burt Korall

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195157628
eISBN:
9780199849468
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157628.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

In the 1930s swing music was everywhere—on radio, recordings, and in the great ballrooms, hotels, theatres, and clubs. Perhaps at no other time were drummers more central to the sound and spirit of ... More


Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones

Papa Jo Jones

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673001
eISBN:
9781452947419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673001.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This book presents Papa Jo Jones’s (Jonathan David Samuel Jones) inimitable life and opinions, as originally told to the prominent jazz historian and novelist Albert Murray and now transcribed, ... More


I Have Had a Varied Life

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/9780816673001.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter opens with renowned jazz musician Papa Jo Jones’s assertion of his legacy as immortalized by jazz historian Albert Murray. In the grand American tradition of the exaggerated vernacular, ... More


Epilogue: Into the 1940s

Burt Korall

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/9780195157628.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

As the 1940s began, there was little evidence of the changes that were to dominate the next ten years. The music business was still built around the big bands. With the advent of World War II, music ... More


Can’t Nobody Tell Me One Inch about Show Business

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/9780816673001.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter explains what Jo Jones colloquially refers to as “show business” and especially black show business—the raison d’être of his wildly colorful musical, theatrical, and entertainment ... More


People I’ve Rubbed Elbows With

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/9780816673001.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses the many memorable social connections Jo Jones has made in his lifetime. These people are spread out across a wide range of backgrounds, but primarily from music and sports, ... More


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