David Jones

David "Davey" Jones (ca. 1888, Lutcher, Louisiana - 1956, Los Angeles) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, melophonist, teacher and arranger.

Jones played with the Holmes Brass Band in his hometown of Lutcher in 1910, then played in Storyville in the middle of the decade. He worked on the S.S. Capitol with Fate Marable from 1918-1921. In fact, Davey joined Marable's band at the same time as Louis Armstrong and taught the 17-year-old how to read sheet music. Jones played with King Oliver in California in 1921, and then worked in St. Louis, Missouri with R.Q. Dickerson's Record Breakers in 1922. Following this he and Dickerson found work in Wilson Robinson's Bostonians, remaining in this ensemble after Andrew Preer took over and led the group for a residency at the Cotton Club in New York City. This group recorded as the Cotton Club Orchestra in 1925 and later was known as The Missourians.

Jones then returned to New Orleans to lead his own band at the Pelican Dance Hall. He played briefly with Wiliam Ridgley's Tuxedo Orchestra, then co-led the Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight with Lee Collins. Davey also gave lessons to young Joe Newman, who later played with Count Basie. He lived in California later in life.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1888 (Lutcher), Died 1956 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-56534 10-in. 11/15/1929 Astoria strut Jones and Collins Astoria Hot Eight Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, composer  
Victor BVE-56535 10-in. 11/15/1929 Duet stomp Jones and Collins Astoria Hot Eight Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, composer  
Victor BVE-56536 10-in. 11/15/1929 Damp weather Jones and Collins Astoria Hot Eight Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BVE-56537 10-in. 11/15/1929 Tip easy blues Jones and Collins Astoria Hot Eight Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jones, David," accessed October 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116233.

Jones, David. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116233.

"Jones, David." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116233

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