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Price: $100.00

MINT CONDITION

JONAH JONES - JAZZ TRUMPETER

Rare verso autographed postcard photograph of the jazz trumpeter known as King Louis II, 1963.  Part of the Clyde Robinson collection.  The autograph on the Maurice Seymour photograph on the recto is in the negative.

Jones (1909 - 2000) began his career in Kentucky playing on a riverboat.  He was playing with Horace Henderson’s new Collegians in 1928, by 1932 he was in Harlem working with Jimmy Lunceford and the Stuff Smith until 1936.  He then went on to work with Benny Carter and Fletcher Henderson in New York.  By the mid 1940’s he was Cab Calloway’s lead trumpet.  By then Calloway had left the Cotton Club and Jones stayed with him for a decade and even after the band broke up at the end of the 1940’s, loyal Jonah stayed with him in a smaller configuration.  In the 1950’s Jones played in his own quartet where he became known for his clear rendition of the American jazz age standards which the public loved.  In 1958, Fred Astaire who was fond of Jones when he played with Calloway hired the Jonah Jones Quartet to back him up in the television program, “An Evening With Fred Astaire”.     

In the 1970’s Jones played regularly in Paris with Earl “Fatha” Hines and made records into the 1970’s.  He was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999.