Jo Jones (Drummer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Jo Jones

Jonathan David Samuel Jones 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.

Birth name: Jonathan David Samuel Jones
Also known as: Papa Jo Jones, Kansas City Jo Jones
Born: October 7, 1911, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: September 3, 1985, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres: Jazz
Occupation(s): Musician
Instruments: Drums
Associated acts: Count Basie
IMDb: Jo Jones’s IMDb

About Jo Jones

Known by the nickname Papa Jo Jones, he was a jazz drummer who collaborated with artists like Art Blakey and Sonny Stitt. He was a Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame inductee in 1974.

Before Fame

He worked as a carnival tap-dancer as a child.


He revolutionized jazz drumming with his use of the hi-hat and drum brushes.

Family Life

He was married to Vivien Greene until her death.


He was Ella Fitzgerald’s drummer for Ella at the Opera House in 1958.

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Latest information about Jo Jones updated on September 02, 2020.

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