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Dill Jones

(1923—1984) jazz pianist


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b. Dillwyn Owen Jones, 19 August 1923, Newcastle Emlyn, Wales, d. 22 June 1984, New York City, New York, USA. After formal studies at London’s Trinity College of Music, pianist Jones began associating with the younger jazzmen who were playing bebop. He had already played jazz while serving in the navy and his fluent, inventive style quickly made him a welcome addition to the London scene. In 1948, he performed at the first Nice Jazz Festival and was regularly heard in company with musicians including Humphrey Lyttelton, Ronnie Scott, Joe Harriott and Bruce Turner. Jones visited the USA during the 50s while working on a transatlantic liner, and in the early 60s he settled in New York. During the next few years he played with several noted American jazz stars, including Roy Eldridge and Gene Krupa. In 1969, he became a member of the JPJ Quartet with Budd Johnson, Bill Pemberton and Oliver Jackson. His fine soloing, whether in subtly developed ballads or on roof-raising spectaculars such as his version of ‘Little Rock Getaway’, showed his wide stylistic range.

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From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.


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