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Elvin Jones

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: September 9, 1927 | Died: May 18, 2004    

Elvin Jones

Elvin Ray Jones was a jazz drummer. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, the youngest child in a family of ten. His father worked for General Motors. Two of Jones' brothers were also jazz musicians: Hank (piano), and Thad (trumpet/flugelhorn).

Elvin began playing professionally in the 1940s, working with the Army Special Services program, Operation Happiness, and in 1949 had a short-lived gig in Detroit's Grand River Street club. Eventually he went on to play with artists such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Wardell Gray. In 1955, after a failed audition for the Benny Goodman band, he found work in New York, joining Charles Mingus's band, and releasing a record called J is for Jazz....
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  • Coalition
    Enja Records
    2012
  • Ilumination! / Dear John C.
    Enja Records
    2011
  • The Truth: Heard Live at the Blue Note
    Half Note Records
    2004
  • The Complete Blue Note Elvin Jones Sessions
    Mosaic Records
    2000
  • And Then Again / Midnight Walk
    Enja Records
    1999
  • At This Point In Time
    Enja Records
    1998
  • It Don't Mean A Thing ...
    Enja Records
    1994
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