Richard M. Jones

Richard M. Jones, born Richard Marigny Jones (sometimes written Richard Mariney Jones), (13 June 1892 – 8 December 1945) was a jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and record producer. Numerous songs bear his name as author, including "Trouble in Mind".

Jones grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jones suffered from a stiff leg and walked with a limp; fellow musicians gave him the nickname "Richard My Knee Jones" as a pun on his middle name. In his youth he played alto horn in brass bands. His main instrument, however, became the piano. By 1908 he was playing in Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans. A few years later, he often led a small band which sometimes included Joe Oliver. Jones also worked in the bands of John Robichaux, Armand J. Piron, and Papa Celestin.

In 1918 Jones moved to Chicago. He worked as Chicago manager for publisher and pianist Clarence Williams. Jones began recording in 1923, making gramophone records as a piano soloist, accompanist to vocalists, and with his bands The Jazz Wizards and The Chicago Cosmopolitans. He recorded for Gennett, OKeh, Victor, and Paramount Records in the 1920s. He also worked for OKeh Records as Chicago supervisor of the company's "Race" (African-American) Records for most of the decade. During this period he was the producer of the very influential Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings led by cornetist (later trumpeter) Louis Armstrong, the most important soloist in early jazz. In the 1930s Jones played a similar management role for Decca.

Richard M. Jones worked for Mercury Records until his death.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 13th, 1892, Died Chicago

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer, leader, lyricist, songwriter, arranger, vocalist, speaker

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 150 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh 9456 10-in. 11/9/1925 Low land blues Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9457 10-in. 11/9/1925 Kid man blues Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9458 10-in. 11/9/1925 Lazy woman's blues Blanche Calloway Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9459 10-in. 11/9/1925 Lonesome lovesick Louis Armstrong ; Blanche Calloway ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 9509 10-in. 2/23/1926 Lonesome, all alone and blue Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 9510 10-in. 2/23/1926 Trouble in mind Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9511 10-in. 2/23/1926 Georgia man Louis Armstrong ; Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9512 10-in. 2/23/1926 You've got to get home on time Louis Armstrong ; Baby Mack ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 9513 10-in. 2/23/1926 What kind of man is that? Louis Armstrong ; Baby Mack ; Richard M. Jones Female vocal solo, with trumpet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 9529 10-in. 2/25/1926 It's all the same to me Robinson & Mack Female-male vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 9530 10-in. 2/25/1926 Make room for someone else Robinson & Mack Female-male vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 9531 10-in. 2/25/1926 Come around the corner Richard M. Jones ; Sam Robinson Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 9532 10-in. 2/25/1926 Booze Richard M. Jones ; Sam Robinson Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh 9708 10-in. 6/14/1926 Late last night blues Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, composer  
OKeh 9709 10-in. 6/14/1926 Some sweet day Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, composer  
OKeh 9710 10-in. 6/14/1926 Leavenworth blues Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9718 10-in. 6/15/1926 Baby o' mine Lillie Delk Christian ; Jimmie Noone ; Johnny St. Cyr Female vocal solo, with clarinet and banjo composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9719 10-in. 6/15/1926 Panama Limited blues Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9720 10-in. 6/15/1926 Street walker blues Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones ; Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards Female-male vocal duet, with jazz/dance band leader, lyricist, composer  
OKeh 9721 10-in. 6/15/1926 Kin to kant blues Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
OKeh 9727 10-in. 6/16/1926 The Bridwell blues Louis Armstrong ; Richard M. Jones ; Nolan Welsh Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
OKeh 9728 10-in. 6/16/1926 St. Peter blues Louis Armstrong ; Richard M. Jones ; Nolan Welsh Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
OKeh 9732 10-in. 6/16/1926 Who'sit Louis Armstrong ; Hot Five Jazz/dance ensemble composer  
OKeh 9765 10-in. 6/21/1926 Soapstick blues Creole Roof Orchestra ; Arthur Sims Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 9772 10-in. 6/22/1926 Mush mouth blues Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
(Results 26-50 of 150 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jones, Richard M.," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106200.

Jones, Richard M.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106200.

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