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A love affair with the drums


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Drummer Jo Jones was born on October 7, 1911 in Chicago, Illinois.

Jones entered show business as a drummer and tap dancer at local carnivals.

He was a member of Count Basieís band from 1934 to 1948, a time period during which he pioneered the use of the hi-hat as the drumsetís primary time-keeping tool.

This was filmed in June 1969 and appeared at the end of the French film "l'Aventure du Jazz."

Old time New Yorkers (like me) got the chance to see him in his later years play regular gigs at the West End jazz club in New York City.

It wasn't unusual to see people like Max Roach and Roy Haynes sitting back and thoroughly enjoying the show.

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