Jo Jones

Jonathan David Samuel Jones (October 7, 1911 September 3, 1985)[1] was an American jazz drummer. A band leader and pioneer in jazz percussion, Jones anchored the Count Basie Orchestra rhythm section from 1934 to 1948. He was sometimes known as Papa Jo Jones to distinguish him from younger drummer Philly Joe Jones.

Jo Jones
Jones, ca. 1960
Background information
Birth nameJonathan David Samuel Jones
Also known as
  • Papa Jo Jones
  • Kansas City Jo Jones
Born(1911-10-07)October 7, 1911
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedSeptember 3, 1985(1985-09-03) (aged 73)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Associated actsCount Basie