"Philly" Joe Jones
Born Joseph Rudolph Jones in the city of Philadelphia on July 15, 1923.
Died August 30th,
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.
He established himself as "Philly Joe" Jones, from the name of the city of his birth, to distinguish himself from the mainstay Count Basieís drummer, Jo Jones. But just as Jo Jones established the rhythm section standard in the 30ís and 40ís, Philly Joe would do the same in the 50ís.
The two major influences that have shaped
Philly Joeís career was his work with Tadd Dameron in the late
40ís to 1953 and then with Miles Davis from
In 1962 there was a sharp decline in Jonesí
career. He was ignored and almost forgotten. One reason was a
drummer named Elvin Jones with John Coltraneís quartet, who
stole some of the limelight. Perhaps this the reason that Jones
moved to England in 1968. 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. In 1977 he cut an LP for the Sonet label: Mean
What You Say, an good eample of latter-day bebop.
Jones, in the 80ís, formed Dameronia, a
group dedicated to playing original recordings of Tadd
Dameronís music. This resulted in two Uptown label LPs in 82
and 84 which were well received by critics. However on August 30th,
1985, his electrifying solos would be no more as he passed away
of a heart attack in his home in "Philly."