Al Jones

Albert Francis Jones (December 18, 1930, Philadelphia - April 1976) was an American jazz drummer.

Jones played with Lionel Hampton in 1949 and with Dizzy Gillespie in 1951-1953, including for tours of Europe. He also worked in the early 1950s with Joe Carroll, Miles Davis, Milt Jackson, and Wade Legge. Later in the 1950s he played with Arnett Cobb and accompanied the singers Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington. After touring Europe with the Living Theater of New York in 1962, he moved permanently to Belgium, where he founded his own group to play as a house band in a Belgian club. His sidemen were Jean Fanis and Roger van Haverbeke. This ensemble played with visiting Americans such as Dexter Gordon, Milt Jackson, and Clark Terry. He also worked with Dany Doriz.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 18, 1930 (Philadelphia), Died 1976

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Atlantic 805 10-in. 2/29/1952 Grooving the nursery rhymes Joe Carroll ; Dizzy Gillespie instrumentalist, drums  
Atlantic 806 10-in. 2/29/1952 This is happiness Dizzy Gillespie instrumentalist, drums  
Atlantic 807 10-in. 2/29/1952 Diz's tune Dizzy Gillespie instrumentalist, drums  
Atlantic 808 10-in. 2/29/1952 Love is here to stay Dizzy Gillespie instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 75520 11/18/1949 Wig head Mama blues Joe Morris Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 75521 11/18/1949 Broken hearted blues Joe Morris Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 75522 11/18/1949 Ooh, ooh, that's good Joe Morris Orchestra instrumentalist, drums  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jones, Al," accessed July 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323960.

Jones, Al. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323960.

"Jones, Al." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 July 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323960

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