Clarence M. Jones
Clarence M. Jones (born 1889, Wilmington, Ohio – June 1, 1949, New York City) was an American pianist and composer, who worked in jazz, ragtime, and other popular music idioms.
Jones studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and published his first tune, "Lightning Rag", in 1908. In the early 1910s he moved to Chicago and set up his own publishing studio, writing compositions and creating piano rolls.
He founded his own ensemble, the Select Orchestra, in 1917, which held a residency at Chicago's Owl Theater until 1922. He then moved the show to the Avenue Theater and changed the marquee name to the Wonderful Orchestra, then the Wonder Orchestra, playing at both the Avenue and the Moulin Rouge Cafe, but by 1924 had returned to playing at the Owl. In 1927, the group moved to the Metropolitan Theater and took the names Syncopators and Hot Papas; while resident here, his soloists included Louis Armstrong and J. Wright Smith. In 1928 he moved once again, to the Grand Theater, where he remained until 1932.
Jones recorded jazz between 1923 and 1928, including as a solo pianist for Autograph and backing Monette Moore and Ollie Powers on Paramount. He recorded with his band for Okeh Records in 1926 and with Laura Smith in 1927 on Victor.
He moved to New York in 1932, where he worked in the publishing house of Clarence Williams. In 1933, he assembled a vocal harmony group called the Southernaires, which recorded in 1939 and 1941 and regularly sang on radio in the 1930s.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 15th, 1889 (Wilmington)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1927
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, piano, songwriter, leader
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 30 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-12716||10-in.||12/13/1912||Casey Jones went down on the Robert E. Lee||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13420||10-in.||6/12/1913||That baseball rag||Arthur Collins||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-14419||10-in.||2/5/1914||Thanks for the lobster||Fred Van Eps||Banjo solo, with piano, drum, and traps (take 1); with piano and drums (take 2)||composer|
|Victor||B-14456||10-in.||2/13/1914||Why is the ocean so near the shore (Why, why, why?)||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with male vocal duet and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-14951||10-in.||6/11/1914||One wonderful night||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-16061||10-in.||6/1/1915||One wonderful night (You told me you loved me)||Lyric Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-18006||10-in.||6/21/1916||Passion dance||Six Brown Brothers||Saxophone sextet||composer|
|Victor||C-20363||12-in.||7/5/1917||I ain't got nobody||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-20443||10-in.||7/24/1917||Sweet cookie mine||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27514||10-in.||1/29/1923||Trot along||Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-31206||10-in.||11/24/1924||I didn't know||Jean Goldkette Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38651||10-in.||6/8/1927||Lonesome refugee||Laura Smith||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-38652||10-in.||6/8/1927||The Mississippi blues||Laura Smith||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-38653||10-in.||6/8/1927||Fightin' blues||Laura Smith||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-38654||10-in.||6/8/1927||Red River blues||Laura Smith||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||38529||10-in.||12/31/1912||Casey Jones went down on the Robert E. Lee||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||39257||10-in.||2/19/1914||Why is the ocean so near the shore, why, why, why?||Ada Jones||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||39501||10-in.||7/24/1914||Thanks for the lobster||Van Eps Banjo Orchestra||Banjo orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||39986||10-in.||3/25/1915||One wonderful night (You told me you loved me)||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77380||10-in.||9/25/1917||Sweet cookie mine||Handy's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||80118||10-in.||12/22/1921||Got to have my daddy blues||Dolly Kay||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||80197||10-in.||2/16/1922||Love days||Paul Biese Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||80999||10-in.||5/2/1923||Trot along||Van and Schenck||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||8368||10-in.||June 1923||Lonesome lovesick got-to-have-my-daddy blues||Byron H. Warner ; Warner's Seven Aces||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||9459||10-in.||11/9/1925||Lonesome lovesick||Louis Armstrong ; Blanche Calloway ; Richard M. Jones||Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jones, Clarence M.," accessed October 30, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106203.
Jones, Clarence M.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 30, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106203.
"Jones, Clarence M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 30 October 2020.
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