b. c. 1888, Lutcher, Louisiana, USA, d. late 50s, Los Angeles, California, USA. Jones was well-known in the early days of jazz and played mainly in St. Louis and on the Mississippi riverboats. It is thought that he played a C-tenor saxophone. He was an early inspiration to many musicians including Gene Sedric and Happy Caldwell. Jones formed the Jones And Collins Astoria Eight with trumpeter Lee Collins and recorded four titles for Victor Records in 1929 including ‘Astoria Strut’ and ‘Damp Weather’ both being recognized as classic examples of New Orleans jazz, with fine ensembles receiving the lead from Collins trumpet.
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