Papa Jo Jones

Born: 
10/07/1911
City: 
Chicago
Region: 
Illinois
Country: 
USA
Died: 
09/03/1985
Years Active: 
1920's-1980's
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Drums
Notable Equipment: 

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Known as Papa Jo Jones in his later years, he was sometimes confused with another influential jazz drummer, Philly Joe Jones. The two died only a few days apart.

He was one of the first drummers to promote the use of brushes on drums and shifting the role of timekeeping from the bass drum to the hi-hat cymbal. Jones had a major influence on later drummers such as Buddy Rich, Kenny Clarke, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, and Louie Bellson. He also starred in several films, most notably the musical short Jammin' the Blues (1944).

In contrast to drummer Gene Krupa's loud, insistent pounding of the bass drum on each beat, Jones often omitted bass drum playing altogether. Jones also continued a ride rhythm on hi-hat while it was continuously opening and closing instead of the common practice of striking it while it was closed. Jones's style influenced the modern jazz drummer's tendency to play timekeeping rhythms on a suspended cymbal that is now known as the ride cymbal.

Discography

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Count Basie Orchestra 07/03/1946 IMA Auditorium Flint Michigan USA
Count Basie Orchestra 07/04/1946 Downtown Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Count Basie Orchestra 07/05/1946 Downtown Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Count Basie Orchestra 07/06/1946 Downtown Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Count Basie Orchestra 07/07/1946 Downtown Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Count Basie Orchestra 07/08/1946 Downtown Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Count Basie Orchestra 07/09/1946 Downtown Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Count Basie Orchestra 07/10/1946 Downtown Theater Detroit Michigan USA
All-Star Jazz Quartet 08/17/1954 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
All-Star Jazz Quartet 08/18/1954 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
All-Star Jazz Quartet 08/19/1954 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
All-Star Jazz Quartet 08/20/1954 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
All-Star Jazz Quartet 08/21/1954 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
All-Star Jazz Quartet 08/22/1954 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
Teddy Wilson Trio 11/22/1955 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
Teddy Wilson Trio 11/23/1955 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
Teddy Wilson Trio 11/24/1955 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
Teddy Wilson Trio 11/25/1955 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
Teddy Wilson Trio 11/26/1955 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
Teddy Wilson Trio 11/27/1955 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
Teddy Wilson Trio 03/07/1956 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
Teddy Wilson Trio 03/08/1956 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
Teddy Wilson Trio 03/09/1956 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
Teddy Wilson Trio 03/10/1956 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA
Teddy Wilson Trio 03/11/1956 Rouge Lounge River Rouge Michigan USA

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