Richard M. Jones
Richard M. Jones, born Richard Marigny Jones (sometimes written Richard Mariney Jones), (13 June 1892 – 8 December 1945) was a jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and record producer. Numerous songs bear his name as author, including "Trouble in Mind".
Jones grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jones suffered from a stiff leg and walked with a limp; fellow musicians gave him the nickname "Richard My Knee Jones" as a pun on his middle name. In his youth he played alto horn in brass bands. His main instrument, however, became the piano. By 1908 he was playing in Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans. A few years later, he often led a small band which sometimes included Joe Oliver. Jones also worked in the bands of John Robichaux, Armand J. Piron, and Papa Celestin.
In 1918 Jones moved to Chicago. He worked as Chicago manager for publisher and pianist Clarence Williams. Jones began recording in 1923, making gramophone records as a piano soloist, accompanist to vocalists, and with his bands The Jazz Wizards and The Chicago Cosmopolitans. He recorded for Gennett, OKeh, Victor, and Paramount Records in the 1920s. He also worked for OKeh Records as Chicago supervisor of the company's "Race" (African-American) Records for most of the decade. During this period he was the producer of the very influential Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings led by cornetist (later trumpeter) Louis Armstrong, the most important soloist in early jazz. In the 1930s Jones played a similar management role for Decca.
Richard M. Jones worked for Mercury Records until his death.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 13th, 1892, Died December 8th, 1945 (Chicago)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1936
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-100681||10-in.||8/5/1936||Trouble in mind||Richard M. Jones||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-100682||10-in.||8/5/1936||Black rider||Richard M. Jones||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||vocalist|
|OKeh||9449||10-in.||11/6/1925||Wonderful dream||Richard M. Jones Three Jazz Wizards||Jazz/dance trio, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|OKeh||9720||10-in.||6/15/1926||Street walker blues||Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones ; Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards||Female-male vocal duet, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|OKeh||9739||10-in.||6/17/1926||John said he saw a number||Arizona Dranes ; Richard M. Jones ; Sara Martin||Mixed vocal trio, with piano||vocalist|
|Decca||C 657 (E 3843/E 20252)||10-in.||9/17/1926||Someday sweetheart||Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver||vocalist|
|Decca||C 659 (E 3845/E 20254)||10-in.||9/17/1926||Dead man blues||Dixie Syncopators ; King Oliver||vocalist|
|Vocalion||E2622-E2623||10-in.||3/10/1926||Sweet Mumtaz||Russell's Hot Six||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Decca||C 9660||10-in.||1/16/1935||Bring it on home to Grandma||Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards||vocalist|
|Decca||C 9661||10-in.||1/16/1935||Blue reefer blues||Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards||vocalist|
|Decca||C 9846||10-in.||3/7/1935||Muggin' the blues||Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards||vocalist|
|Decca||C 9847||10-in.||3/7/1935||I'm gonna run you down||Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jones, Richard M.," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324036.
Jones, Richard M.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/324036.
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