Jonah Jones (born Robert Elliott Jones; December 31, 1909 – April 29, 2000) was a jazz trumpeter who created concise versions of jazz and swing and jazz standards that appealed to a mass audience. In the jazz community, he is known for his work with Stuff Smith. He was sometimes referred to as "King Louis II," a reference to Louis Armstrong. Jones started playing alto saxophone at the age of 12 in the Booker T. Washington Community Center band in Louisville, Kentucky, before quickly transitioning to trumpet, where he excelled.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 31st, 1909 (Louisville), Died April 29th, 2000 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1967
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist, piano
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 117 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PBS-09644||10-in.||8/16/1937||Confessin' (That I love you)||Lionel Hampton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62172||10-in.||5/4/1937||Twilight in Turkey||Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62173||10-in.||5/4/1937||Where is the sun ?||Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62174||10-in.||5/4/1937||Upstairs||Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||62175||10-in.||5/4/1937||Onyx Club spree||Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67331||10-in.||3/18/1940||Sixth Street||Lil Armstrong and her Dixielanders||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67332||10-in.||3/18/1940||Riffin' the blues||Lil Armstrong and her Dixielanders||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67333||10-in.||3/18/1940||Why is a good man so hard to find?||Lil Armstrong and her Dixielanders||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67334||10-in.||3/18/1940||My secret flame||Lil Armstrong and her Dixielanders||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67481||10-in.||4/4/1940||Big apple blues||Peetie Wheatstraw||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67482||10-in.||4/4/1940||Big money blues||Peetie Wheatstraw||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67483||10-in.||4/4/1940||Chicago mill blues||Peetie Wheatstraw||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67484||10-in.||4/4/1940||Five minutes blues||Peetie Wheatstraw||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67485||10-in.||4/4/1940||Two time Mama||Peetie Wheatstraw||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67486||10-in.||4/4/1940||Jaybird blues||Peetie Wheatstraw||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67487||10-in.||4/4/1940||Suicide blues||Peetie Wheatstraw||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67488||10-in.||4/4/1940||Pocket knife blues||Peetie Wheatstraw||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67563||10-in.||4/18/1940||Jazzin' babies blues||Georgia White||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67564||10-in.||4/18/1940||Papa pleaser||Georgia White||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67565||10-in.||4/17/1940||Let me ride your train||Frankie Half Pint Jaxon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67566||10-in.||4/17/1940||Be your natural self||Frankie Half Pint Jaxon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67567||10-in.||4/17/1940||Turn over||Frankie Half Pint Jaxon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67568||10-in.||4/17/1940||Take off them hips||Frankie Half Pint Jaxon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67569||10-in.||4/17/1940||Gimme a pig's foot and a bottle of beer||Frankie Half Pint Jaxon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||67570||10-in.||4/17/1940||You can't tell||Frankie Half Pint Jaxon||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jones, Jonah," accessed March 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104916.
Jones, Jonah. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104916.
"Jones, Jonah." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 March 2021.
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