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Drumminʼ MenThe Heartbeat of Jazz The Swing Years$
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Burt Korall

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157628.001.0001

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Jo Jones (1911–1989)

Jo Jones (1911–1989)

(p.117) Jo Jones (1911–1989)
Drumminʼ Men

Jo Jones

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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 erect, commanding figure at the drums, Jones was marvelously visual. He also had wide-ranging experience in reaching audiences; he knew every trick in the book. Beyond the surface characteristics, the “show business” of Jo Jones was his work. The man was serious and deeply dedicated. His great natural talent for the instrument, and his need to keep learning and to excel, made for a powerful combination. Jones's impact, particularly during the peak years with Count Basie, essentially stemmed from a flair for the unexpected and unusual, a firm, individual sense of time, and the capacity to be convincing and inspiring.

Keywords:   Jo Jones, Count Basie, Basie band, Roy Eldridge

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