Claude Jones

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Claude Jones
Claude Jones and Wilbur De Paris, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946.jpg
Claude Jones (right) and Wilbur De Paris at the Aquarium in New York in 1946
Background information
Born(1901-02-11)February 11, 1901
Boley, Oklahoma, United States
DiedJanuary 17, 1962(1962-01-17) (aged 60)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresSwing jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, sailor
Years active1922–62
Associated actsMcKinney's Cotton Pickers, Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Alex Hill, Chick Webb, Cab Calloway, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong/Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Zutty Singleton, Joe Sullivan, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington

Claude Jones (February 11, 1901 – January 17, 1962) was an American jazz trombonist.


Born in Boley, Oklahoma, Jones began playing trombone at the age of 13, and studied at Wilberforce College before dropping out in 1922 to join the Synco Jazz Band. This group eventually evolved into McKinney's Cotton Pickers, where he would play intermittently until 1929.

From there, Jones played in a variety of noted swing jazz ensembles, including those of Fletcher Henderson (1929–31, 1933–34, 1941–42, 1950), Don Redman (1931–33, 1943), Alex Hill, Chick Webb, and Cab Calloway (1934–40, 1943). He recorded with Jelly Roll Morton in 1939 and Louis Armstrong/Sidney Bechet in 1940. In the 1940s, he also played with Coleman Hawkins, Zutty Singleton, Joe Sullivan, Benny Carter, and Duke Ellington (1944–48, 1951).

After completing his second stint with Ellington, Jones became a mess steward on the ship S.S. United States, and died at sea in 1962.