Saturday, December 31, 2016

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: December 31, 1909 - Robert Elliott ("Jonah") Jones
















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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Robert Elliott ("Jonah") Jones, jazz trumpeter, was born in Louisville on December 31, 1909. He began his professional career playing on a Mississippi riverboat and performed with the bands of such greats as Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, and Earl Hines before he began working as a soloist in 1955. At that time, he achieved international success with his recordings of show tunes and jazz standards, which featured him on muted trumpet as the leader of his own quartet. He also appeared frequently on national television. Jones is considered one of the great jazz swing trumpeters and his improvised solos have been cited as models, along with his extensive work with mutes.

LEE BASH, Entry Author

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Notable African American Kentuckians Database 

Bach, Jean, Matthew. Seig, Susan. Peehl, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt. Hinton, Jones, Jonah, Castle Hill Productions, and Image Entertainment. A Great Day in Harlem. Special Ed. 2nd Bonus Disc with New Featurettes.. ed. Chatsworth, CA: Distributed by MMV Image Entertainment, 2005.
AV-D6133, Young Media Library

Armstrong, Lil Hardin, Chu. Berry, Sid Catlett, Jonah Jones, and Peetie. Wheatstraw. Peetie Wheatstraw the Devil's Son-in -law : Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 7, 4 April 1940 to 25 November 1941. Vienna, Austria: Document Records, 1994.
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