3793Re: [RedHotJazz] DOLLY JONES
- Feb 3, 2007on 3/2/07 12:56, islay77 at fraser.mccombe@... wrote:
Does anyone know anything about her?
Lots. This is based on the version of my New Grove entry on her which
happens to be on my computer:
Jones, Dolly [Doll; Hutchinson; Armenra; Doli Armena](b Chicago, c.1906; d
unknown). Trumpeter and singer. Her mother, Diyaw, was also a trumpeter, and
her father played saxophone. She began her musical career as a member of the
family band busking on the streets of St. Louis where they recruited
Josephine Baker to dance with them around 1919. This act subsequently toured
In 1922, she was a member of a trio in Kansas City; a slightly later trio in
Chicago included George James and drummer Alice Calloway.
In May 1925 she was a member of Ma Rainey¹s band at the Grand Theater,
Chicago, and in June 1926 recorded with Albert Wynn. When/That Creole Band
(OK 8350) are her only securely identified recordings.
In 1928, she toured with Ida Cox. After marrying Jimmy Hutchinson she began
to use his name professionally, working with pianist Irene Armstrong before
joining Walter Barnes in mid-1931. She left to form her own band, Twelve
Spiritis of Rhythm, in July 1932.
In 1932, she also worked with Lil Armstrong¹s Harlicans. By this time, she
was again known as Dolly Jones, but shortly adopted the surname Armenra,
assumed to be derived from the names of the Egyptian gods, which her mother
also began to use professionally. In 1933, she was in a band led by tenor
saxophonist Jack Bradley and trumpeter Bobby Booker at the Broadway
Danceland in New York.
She can be seen in Oscar Michaux¹s 1936 film Swing in which she is billed as
Doli Armena¹, and performs China Boy and I may be wrong. In 1937, she was a
member of Mezz Mezzrow¹s Disciples of Swing at the Uproar House, New York,
but by 1938 she had returned to Chicago where she again worked with Barnes
and Irene Armstrong.
In February 1939, she had an all-female band in Chicago, but by August 1940
was a member of Sammy Price¹s band in New York. In 1943, she joined Eddie
Durham¹s all-female band.
Though nothing has been discovered of her later career, she evidently
remained musically active as she played in workshops with Eddie Barefield in
As well as the variants already quoted, her adopted surname appears in
contemporary sources as Aremenra and Amera.
Diyaw Jones appears on an Ethel Waters session but the tracks were not
issued and don't appear to survive.
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