Sam Jones (musician)

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Sam Jones
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Background information
Born(1924-11-12)November 12, 1924
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
DiedDecember 15, 1981(1981-12-15) (aged 57)
InstrumentsDouble bass, cello
Years active1955–1981

Samuel Jones (November 12, 1924 – December 15, 1981)[1] was an American jazz double bassist, cellist, and composer.[2]


Sam Jones was born in Jacksonville, Florida, United States,[1] to a musical family. His father played piano and drums and his aunt played organ in church.[3] In 1955, he moved to New York City and began his recording career with Tiny Bradshaw, before working with Bill Evans, Bobby Timmons, Les Jazz Modes, Kenny Dorham, Illinois Jacquet, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie (1958–59), and Thelonious Monk. He is probably best known for his work with Cannonball Adderley, performing in his quintet from 1955 to 1956 and then again from 1959 to 1964,[1] and recording extensively for Riverside Records as both a leader and sideman. He later spent several years working with Oscar Peterson (1966-1970) and Cedar Walton (1972-1977).[1] In the 1970s, Jones recorded several albums as a bandleader for the Xanadu and SteepleChase labels.[4] Jones wrote the jazz standards "Del Sasser" and "Unit 7" while working with Adderley. Other compositions include "Blue Funk", "O.P.", "Bittersweet", and "Seven Minds".

He died of lung cancer in 1981 at the age of 57.[5]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Cannonball Adderley

With Nat Adderley

With Joe Alexander

  • Blue Jubilee (Jazzland, 1960)

With Gene Ammons

With Chet Baker

With Walter Bishop Jr.

With Tina Brooks

With Ray Brown

With Ray Bryant

With Kenny Burrell

With Donald Byrd

With James Clay

With Arnett Cobb

With Al Cohn

With George Coleman

With Ronnie Cuber

  • Cuber Libre (Xanadu, 1976)

With King Curtis

With Walter Davis Jr.

With Lou Donaldson

With Kenny Dorham

With Kenny Drew

With Ted Dunbar

With Bill Evans

With Art Farmer

With Victor Feldman

With Red Garland

With Terry Gibbs

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Paul Gonsalves

With Dexter Gordon

With Rein de Graaff

  • New York Jazz (Timeless Records,1979) – with Louis Hayes

With Grant Green

With Johnny Griffin

With Barry Harris

With Louis Hayes

With Jimmy Heath

With Johnny Hodges

With John Lee Hooker

With Freddie Hubbard

With Fred Jackson

With Milt Jackson

With Willis Jackson

With Eddie Jefferson

With J. J. Johnson

With Etta Jones

With Hank Jones

With Jo Jones

With Philly Joe Jones

With Clifford Jordan

With Duke Jordan

With Wynton Kelly

With Harold Land

With Yusef Lateef

With Abbey Lincoln

With Mike Longo

  • Matrix (Mainstream, 1972)

With Johnny Lytle

With Chuck Mangione

  • Recuerdo (Jazzland, 1962)

With Warne Marsh

With Jack McDuff

With Ken McIntyre

With Charles McPherson

With Billy Mitchell

With Blue Mitchell

With Thelonious Monk

With Wes Montgomery

With Tete Montoliu

With Phineas Newborn Jr.

With Sal Nistico

With Horace Parlan

With Cecil Payne and Duke Jordan

With Oscar Peterson

With Bud Powell

With Julian Priester

With Ike Quebec

With Jimmy Raney

With Sonny Red

With Dizzy Reece

With Red Rodney

With Sal Salvador

With Archie Shepp

With Louis Smith

  • Prancin' (SteepleChase, 1979)

With Les Spann

With James Spaulding

With Sonny Stitt

With Idrees Sulieman

With Art Taylor

With Clark Terry

With Lucky Thompson

With Teri Thornton

With Bobby Timmons

With Stanley Turrentine

With Harold Vick

With Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

With Cedar Walton

With Roosevelt Wardell

  • The Revelation (Prestige, 1960)

With Ben Webster

With Don Wilkerson

With Claude Williamson

  • New Departure (Interplay, 1978)

With Joe Zawinul


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 234. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ Koch, Lawrence & Kernfeld, Barry (2001). "Jones, Sam". In Sadie, Stanley & Tyrrell, John (eds.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan.
  3. ^ "DownBeat Archives".
  4. ^ "Down Beat Profile". 2011-06-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  5. ^ Hersch, F. (2017). Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz. United States: Crown Archetype, p. 121
  6. ^ Dryden, Ken. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2012-06-25.