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Leonard E. Jones

Born: December 6, 1943    Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Leonard E. Jones

Leonard Jones, born 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, grew up in a rich musical environment on the westside of the city that has had an everlasting impression on his career. His family lived above Vi�'s Lounge where many blues artist, such as Muddy Waters, Howlin�' Wolf and Bo Diddley, etc., regularly appeared in the 1950�'s. The famous Zansibar Lounge* was also located in the neighborhood just two blocks away.

At age seventeen Jones volunteered for the U.S. Army and after being stationed in Germany, he purchased his first double bass, and received rudimentary instruction from a bassist in the Army band that was also stationed on the same barracks. After being discharged in 1963, he returned to Chicago and began private studies with Mr. Rudolf Fahsbender, bassist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, later, at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, with same. During this period he became acquinted with Muhal Richard Abrams with whom he studied Music theory and participated as a member of the Experimental Band, under Abrams leadership. In June 1965, he became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, shortly after its inception....
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Muhal Richard Abrams: Levels and Degrees of Light, Delmark DS-413 Muhal Richard Abrams: 1+OQA-19, Black Saint BSR 0017; Muhal Richard Abrams: Spihumonesty, Black Saint BSR 0032 Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre: Love and Peace, Black Saint BSR 0032 Oliver Lake: Life Dance of Is, Arista Novus AN 3003 Henry Threadgill: X-75, Arista Novus AN 3013 Mal Waldron: Our Colline´s a Treasure, Soul Note SN 121198 Gunter Klatt: The Horn is Back, JG Records JG 053 John C. Marshall: Compared to What, Shuttle Music JM 1/98; Same Old Story, Traditional Line TL 1317 Lajos Dudas: Some Great Songs, Double Moon DMCD 1005-2 Lajos Dudas: Talk of the Town, Challenge CHRDM 71072 ICI Ensemble and George Lewis, Pao Records, Pao 50010 Moo Lohkenn Source of Sound: Trace in Mirror, Konnex KCD 5188

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