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Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: December 31, 1909 | Died: April 29, 2000

A talented and flashy trumpeter, Jonah Jones hit upon a formula in 1955 that made him a major attraction for a decade; playing concise versions of melodic swing standards and show tunes muted with a quartet. But although the non-jazz audience discovered Jones during the late '50s, he had already been a very vital trumpeter for two decades.

Jones started out playing on a Mississippi riverboat in the 1920s. He freelanced in the Midwest (including with Horace Henderson), was briefly with Jimmie Lunceford (1931), had an early stint with Stuff Smith (1932-1934), and then spent time with Lil Armstrong's short-lived orchestra and the declining McKinney's Cotton Pickers. Jones became famous for his playing with Stuff Smith's Onyx club band (1936-1940), recording many exciting solos....
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Featured recording “I Dig Jonah: The Jonah Jones Capitol Collection”

I Dig Jonah: The Jonah Jones Capitol Collection

Collector's Choice Music
2000
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    Jumpin' With Jonah

    Capitol Records
    2003
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    I Dig Jonah!

    RCA
    1999
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    Volume One

    RCA
    1985
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    I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 62

    RCA
    1981
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    Jonah's Wail

    RCA
    1980
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    Confessin'

    RCA
    1978
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    A Little Dis, A Little Dat

    RCA
    1969
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