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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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Albums

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