RE: [thewire] Elvin Jones
- Yes, the death of Elvin Jones, master-drummer, did happen a fortnight ago, but nice to show respect for a decent man and fine musician, indeed, one regarded by many as the king of polyrhythmic drumming.
Do you know that right up to the very last few days of his life, Jones was playing a residency at Yoshi's, USA? He had to have an oxygen bottle onstage yet still played 15 minute solo's! Awesome!
John Eastridge <johneastridge@...> wrote:
this happened about two weeks ago and there was an excellent memorial
broadcast on wkcr, new york.
>From: "Steven Wainwright" <steven@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [thewire] Elvin Jones
>Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2004 09:23:10 +0100
>"Elvin Ray Jones Dies at 76
>Elvin Ray Jones, a renowned jazz drummer and member of John Coltrane's
>quartet who also played alongside Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Miles
>Davis, died Tuesday. He was 76. Jones died of heart failure in an
>Englewood, N.J., hospital, said his wife of 38 years, Keiko Jones.
>"He's happy. No more suffering," said Keiko Jones. "He's been fighting for
>Jones, called by Life magazine "the world's greatest rhythmic drummer," was
>born in Pontiac, Mich., one of ten children. He had two musician brothers:
>Hank, a jazz pianist, and Thad, a trumpet and flugelhorn player.
>Jones entered the Detroit jazz scene in the late 1940s after touring as a
>stagehand with the Army Special Services show Operation Happiness.
>After a brief gig at the Detroit club Grand River Street, he went to work
>at another club, backing up such jazz greats as Parker, Davis and Wardell
>Jones came to New York in 1955 for an unsuccessful audition for the Benny
>Goodman band but stayed in the city, joining Charlie Mingus' band and
>making a record called "J is Jazz." In 1960, he became a member of John
>Jones, with his rhythmic, innovative style, became one of jazz's most
>famous drummers under Coltrane. He can be heard on Coltrane's "A love
>Supreme" and "Coltrane Live at the Village Vanguard."
>After leaving the Coltrane quartet, Jones briefly played with Duke
>Ellington and formed the Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine. He put out several solo
>albums and continued to tour, including last month in Oakland, Calif.,
>Keiko Jones said.
>Besides his wife, Jones is survived by a son and a daughter."
>from North Sea Jazz Festival www
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