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3793Re: [RedHotJazz] DOLLY JONES

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  • Howard Rye
    Feb 3, 2007
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      on 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 vaudeville.

      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
      ŒDoli 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
      the 1970s.

      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.

      Howard Rye, 20 Coppermill Lane, London, England, E17 7HB
      Tel/FAX: +44 20 8521 1098

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