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|
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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