Happy Birthday Jo Jones

Written by user on October 7, 2015

The fire in Count Basie’s legendary “All American” rhythm section, “Papa” Jo Jones revolutionized jazz drumming, through his use of the ride cymbal as a time keeper, and through his highly musical–rhythmically varied and timbrally diverse–use of the drum’s hi-hat.

Jones was an inspiration to many budding drummers, and paved the way for the generations to come. A protege of his, Michael Carvin, remembers meeting him in this wonderful video.

Remembering Papa Jo Jones

Written by user on October 22, 2014

Papa Jo Jones was without a doubt one of the most influential figures in Jazz drumming. A member of Count Basie’s All-American Rhythm Section, he helped guide jazz drums towards incorporating brushes, keeping time with the hi-hat, and much, much more.

Modern Drummer did a nice feature on him, which you can read here. Additionally, when master drummer Michael Carvin came by our studios to record his wonderful series on the 26 rudiments of drumming, he took a brief break to …

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