Reginald Jones

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Bassist Reginald Jones comes from the same extended musical family whose most famous member was cousin Roy Eldridge, one of the great jazz trumpeters. The bassist, who also shows up credited as Reg Jones…
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Bassist Reginald Jones comes from the same extended musical family whose most famous member was cousin Roy Eldridge, one of the great jazz trumpeters. The bassist, who also shows up credited as Reg Jones and Reggie Jones, had more musical brethren, including Reunald Jones Sr., yet another trumpeter, who begat a son, Reunald Jones Jr., who followed in his father's footsteps -- or more appropriately mouthpiece dribblings -- and also became a trumpeter. Another brother, Leopold Jones, was also a professional musician, although so little information exists about him that it is difficult to determine even what instrument he played.

This is fortunately not the case for Reginald Jones , whose basslines empowered cooking R&B sides by Joe Houston with provocative titles such as "Earthquake," "Cornbread and Cabbage," and "Goofin'." Reginald Jones started out with the New Orleans jazz sound, playing both tuba and bass with Louis Armstrong in the '20s during one of that trumpeter's incursions north into Chicago. The bassist should not be confused with a member of a different Jones tribe, Reginald Wizard Jones, a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter who collaborated regularly with soulman William Bell. Mistaken credits have been created without even leaving the family, however, as some discographers think the bassist and father and son trumpeters are all the same people, based on the assumption that the name "Reunald" couldn't possibly exist, looking as it does like some kind of accident in a typesetting tray.