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Jimmy Jones

Jimmy Jones

born on 30/12/1918 in Memphis, TN, United States

died on 29/4/1982 in Burbank, CA, United States

Jimmy Jones (pianist)

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James Henry "Jimmy" Jones (December 30, 1918, Memphis, Tennessee  April 29, 1982, Burbank, California) was an American jazz pianist and arranger.


As a child, Jones learned guitar and piano. He worked in various orchestras in Chicago from 1936 and played in a trio with Stuff Smith in 194345. Following this, he played with Don Byas, Dizzy Gillespie (1945), J.C. Heard (194547), Buck Clayton (1946) and Etta Jones. He accompanied Sarah Vaughan from 194752, and then again from 195457 after a long illness. In 1954 he played on an album with Clifford Brown and accompanied him on his European tour. Around this time, he also played with Helen Merrill and Gil Evans. In 1959, he accompanied Anita O'Day in her appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, and in 1959 also worked with Dakota Staton, Pat Suzuki, and Morgana King.

As a pianist and arranger in New York, he worked in the 1960s with Harry Belafonte, Johnny Hodges, Budd Johnson, Nat Gonella, and Clark Terry. He accompanied Chris Connor on Where Flamingoes Fly, and sat in with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for some of their collaborations with Ella Fitzgerald. He went on tour with Jazz at the Philharmonic in 1967. In the 1970s, he worked with Kenny Burrell and Cannonball Adderley.

In the course of his career, Jones played piano on recordings by Harry Sweets Edison, Ben Webster, Big Joe Turner, Coleman Hawkins, Frank Wess, Milt Jackson, Sidney Bechet, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, and Thad Jones, and as an arranger for Wes Montgomery, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn, Joe Williams, Billy Taylor and Chris Connor.


As leader

As sideman

With Kenny Burrell

  • Ellington Is Forever (Fantasy, 1975)
  • Ellington Is Forever Volume Two (Fantasy, 1975)

With Johnny Griffin

  • White Gardenia (Riverside, 1961)

With Paul Quinichette

  • Moods (EmArcy, 1954)

With Sonny Stitt

  • New York Jazz (Verve, 1956)
  • The Saxophones of Sonny Stitt (Roost, 1958)
  • A Little Bit of Stitt (Roost, 1959)
  • The Sonny Side of Stitt (Roost, 1959)
  • Stittsville (Roost, 1960)
  • Sonny Side Up (Roost, 1960)
  • Stitt in Orbit (Roost, 1960 [1963])

With Clark Terry

  • Top and Bottom Brass (Riverside, 1959)

With Ben Webster

  • The Soul of Ben Webster (Verve, 1958)
  • Ben Webster and Associates (Verve, 1959)

With Sarah Vaughan

  • Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (Em Arcy, 1955)

As arranger

With Milt Jackson

  • The Ballad Artistry of Milt Jackson (Atlantic, 1959)
  • For Someone I Love (Riverside, 1963)

With Billy Taylor

  • Kwamina (Mercury, 1961)
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