Boogaloo Joe Jones

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Boogaloo Joe Jones
Birth nameIvan Joseph Jones
Born (1940-11-01) November 1, 1940 (age 79)
United States
Occupation(s)Guitarist, musician
Associated actsPrestige Records

Ivan Joseph Jones (born November 1, 1940), known professionally as Joe Jones or Boogaloo Joe Jones, is an American jazz guitarist.[1][2]


Jones made his solo debut as Joe Jones on Prestige Records in 1967, but earned the name "Boogaloo Joe" following a 1969 record of that title. The nickname was meant to distinguish him from the other people with similar names in the music business, such as R&B singer Joe Jones, jazz drummers "Papa Jo" Jones and Philly Joe Jones, and the Joe Jones of the Fluxus movement. Later, he turned to billing himself as Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones.[citation needed]

Jones recorded several albums in a soul-jazz vein for Prestige between 1966 and 1978. In addition to leading his own group for recording purposes, Ivan Jones recorded with Richard "Groove" Holmes, Houston Person, Harold Mabern, Wild Bill Davis and, most notably, Willis Jackson, Rusty Bryant, Charles Earland, and Bernard "Pretty" Purdie are among the sidemen also featured on Jones' albums.

His sound and style clearly derived from the blues, but it was a solid understanding of rock that Jones brought to his style of jazz. He was influenced most by Tal Farlow and Billy Butler, but gravitated toward the rhythm and blues-styled jazz Butler was popularizing with organist Bill Doggett's combo. Jones' sound and style stayed remarkably consistent during his recording career. His twangy tone coupled catchy chordal vamps[3] with astonishing rapid-fire single-note playing. He could handle familiar pop covers ("Light My Fire", "Have You Never Been Mellow") and ballads. But he really excelled in the jazz-funk groove and proved himself a first-rate blues player.[citation needed]

Jones has lived in South New Jersey most of his life and mostly worked in and around the Atlantic City area with chitlin circuit heroes like Wild Bill Davis, Willis Jackson and Charlie Ventura. Jones, who never won the notice of critics or great support from fans during his career, is finding new life on CD.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Rusty Bryant

With Billy Hawks

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

With Willis Jackson

  • Gatorade (Prestige MPP 2516, 1971 [rel. 1982])
  • The Gator Horn (Muse MR 5146, 1977)
  • Lockin' Horns (Muse MR 5200, 1978 [rel. 1981])

With Harold Mabern

With Houston Person

With Sonny Phillips


  1. ^ Cook, Richard (2003-05-25). Blue Note Records: the biography. Justin, Charles & Co. pp. 213–. ISBN 978-1-932112-10-8. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  2. ^ "The Punishment Fits the Clime". Schenectady Gazette. August 27, 1982. p. 32. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Jazz Glossary: vamp". Retrieved 2017-05-05.