Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

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.

Read more

56 Photos

Albums

Coalition
Coalition
Enja Records
2012
buy
[no cover]
Ilumination! / Dear...
Enja Records
2011
buy
The Truth: Heard Live at the Blue Note
The Truth: Heard Live...
Half Note Records
2004
buy
Earth Jones
Earth Jones
QuickSilver Records
2003
buy
The Complete Blue Note Elvin Jones Sessions
The Complete Blue...
Mosaic Records
2000
buy
[no cover]
And Then Again /...
Enja Records
1999
buy

Videos

Similar

Max Roach Max Roach
drums
Ahmad Jamal Ahmad Jamal
piano
Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins
saxophone
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
saxophone
Art Blakey Art Blakey
drums
McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner
piano
Thad Jones Thad Jones
trumpet
Shelly Manne Shelly Manne
drums
Woody Shaw Woody Shaw
trumpet

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.