Dolly Jones

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b. c.1907, USA, d. late 70s. The fact that her mother, Dyer Jones, was also a noted jazz trumpeter probably makes Jones unique in jazz. Although she learned initially from her mother, she was largely…
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b. c.1907, USA, d. late 70s. The fact that her mother, Dyer Jones, was also a noted jazz trumpeter probably makes Jones unique in jazz. Although she learned initially from her mother, she was largely self-taught. According to musicians who knew her, she was completely dedicated to her instrument, studying and practising when she was not playing. In Chicago in the early 30s she performed in Irene Eadey’s band and with Lillian Armstrong’s Harlem Harlicans. Jones also played in a trio with saxophonist George James and in Eddie Durham’s All-Star Girl Orchestra. In Chicago, she was often to be found in after-hours clubs jamming with other musicians and earning their respect. Roy Eldridge and Doc Cheatham were amongst trumpeters who publicly praised her talent. Jones continued to play whenever she could, working intermittently into the 70s. Her role model was Louis Armstrong and throughout her career she worked hard to maintain the higher-than-high standards needed by any woman trying to succeed in jazz in her era. She made only one record ‘Creole Blues’, but did appear in the Oscar Micheaux movie, Swing (1937), playing ‘China Boy’ and ‘I May Be Wrong’. Jones was sometimes billed as Dolly Hutchinson and also as Dolly (Doli) Armenra.