Reunald Jones

Reunald Jones Sr. (December 22, 1910 - February 26, 1989), was a jazz trumpeter who worked both in big bands and as a studio musician.

Jones was born in Indianapolis. He studied at the Michigan Conservatory, and then played with territory bands such as that of Speed Webb. In the 1930s and 1940s Jones worked with musicians such as Charlie Johnson, the Savoy Bearcats, Fess Williams, Chick Webb (1933–34), Sam Wooding, Claude Hopkins, Willie Bryant, Teddy Hill, Don Redman (1936–38), Erskine Hawkins, Duke Ellington (1946), Jimmie Lunceford, Lucky Millinder and Sy Oliver. He soloed sparingly after his time with Chick Webb.

He played lead trumpet with the Count Basie Orchestra (1952–57), which gave him some fame due to his "one-handed" solo style of playing, but Jones was rarely featured.

However, Jones was featured as a member of the Quincy Jones group, "The Jones Boys" (56-58), a session conceived by Leonard Feather featuring a number of musicians named "Jones," though none of them were related.

From the 1940s Jones did extensive work as a studio musician. He toured with Woody Herman (1959), George Shearing's big band (ca. 1960) and with an orchestra accompanying Nat King Cole (1961–64). He played less from the 1970s. His son, Reunald Jones Jr, played lead trumpet many years for Sammy Davis Jr & James Brown, and his grandson, Renny Jones, is an accomplished bass guitar player.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 22nd, 1910 (Indianapolis), Died February 26th, 1989

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1966

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-030354 10-in. 12/6/1938 I got ya Don Redman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-030355 10-in. 12/6/1938 I'm playing solitaire Don Redman Orchestra ; Quentin Jackson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-030356 10-in. 12/6/1938 Auld lang syne Don Redman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-030357 10-in. 12/6/1938 Sweet Leilani Don Redman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-030358 10-in. 12/6/1938 'Deed I do Don Redman Orchestra ; Laurel Watson Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-030359 10-in. 12/6/1938 Down home rag Don Redman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 63558 10-in. 4/6/1938 Do the Alamo Willie Bryant Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 63559 10-in. 4/6/1938 You'll never remember and I'll never forget Willie Bryant Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 63560 10-in. 4/6/1938 You're gonna lose your gal Willie Bryant Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 63561 10-in. 4/6/1938 Neglected Willie Bryant Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64604 10-in. 9/9/1938 Safety locked up in my heart Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64605 10-in. 9/9/1938 Everything's wrong, ain't nothing right Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64606 10-in. 9/9/1938 Harlem on Saturday night Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 64607 10-in. 9/9/1938 Knock-kneed Sal (on the mourner's bench) Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 84885 7/20/1953 My kinda love Jackie Paris ; Tony Scott Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 84886 7/20/1953 Time to go Tony Scott Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 84887 7/20/1953 Opus one Jackie Paris ; Tony Scott Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 84888 7/20/1953 The blues have got me Tony Scott Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 116800 12/3/1965 Do you say you wanna dance Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 116801 12/3/1965 Soul galore Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 116802 12/3/1965 Let me build Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 116803 12/3/1965 I've got to get back (Country boy) Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 116804 12/3/1965 All my lovin' Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 116899 1/11/1966 I got my mind made up Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 116900 1/11/1966 3 days, 1 hour, 30 minutes Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jones, Reunald," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324035.

Jones, Reunald. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324035.

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

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324035

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