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His mother, a piano teacher taught him the basics in music. In his formative years he also studied the drums with drummers the likes of Cozy Cole and Charles Wilcoxon, receiving valuable advise from Art Blakey and a then younger Max Roach. For a time they played standard Monk and pieces of Bud Powell, but reverted back to playing the blues for the sake of money. He was in the army for a short time and len left in taking a job up as a streetcar driver. He was supposedly fired from the job because he would stop the steetcar with people in it and go in to play a set at the jazz clubs on the way, sometimes forgetting about the people in the car. The most important association was that with trumpeter Miles Davis.

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His mother, a piano teacher taught him the basics in music. In his formative years he also studied the drums with drummers the likes of Cozy Cole and Charles Wilcoxon, receiving valuable advise from Art Blakey and a then younger Max Roach. For a time they played standard Monk and pieces of Bud Powell, but reverted back to playing the blues for the sake of money. He was in the army for a short time and len left in taking a job up as a streetcar driver.

He was supposedly fired from the job because he would stop the steetcar with people in it and go in to play a set at the jazz clubs on the way, sometimes forgetting about the people in the car. The most important association was that with trumpeter Miles Davis. The two would travel around the US stopping in cities to do a gig with the local talent. It became "a drag" as Philly said because usually the local talent was not close to satisfactory.

This went on from Then after a booking at a club in Baltimore, , after being found by Philly Joe, Miles hired pianist Red Garland from Texas and bassist virtuoso Paul Chambers, then of 20 years of age.

After the gig Miles said to Jones, "I think this is it. Chambers and Jones would be the dynamic rhythm section popular among soloists such as Sonny Rollins and Art Pepper. Jones was on many Blue Note recordings and was virtually house drummer for the Blue Note, Riverside, and Prestige record labels. His style has been described as "too loud" or "like a machine gunner.

In his prime, Jones won great recognition. In Downbeat magazine polls he won the new star category on drums in and the main drum category in He was second place in , second to Max Roach. He was ignored and almost forgotten.

Perhaps this the reason that Jones moved to England in There he made his mark as a teacher, tremendously improving the local talent. He eventually returned to the New York and west coast jazz scene, however lost from the forefront of it all. He did work regularly in his home town of Philadelphia. This resulted in two Uptown label LPs in 82 and 84 which were well received by critics.

However on August 30th, , his electrifying solos would be no more as he passed away of a heart attack in his home in "Philly.

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This is a blog about jazz, jazz drumming and all things unrelated. Thanks for stopping by! A Bit About Me Jonathan began playing the drums at the age of nine. He progressed through the Regina Lions Junior Band and the music program at his high school, Campbell Collegiate, soon developing a passion for playing the drums and jazz. He also attended the prestigious summer jazz workshop presented by the Banff Centre for the Arts in , where he performed with Canadian jazz greats Hugh Fraser, Don Thompson and Kenny Wheeler.

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