Willie Jones III

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Willie Jones III
Willie Jones III
Aarhus, Denmark 2007
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson
Background information
Born (1968-06-08)June 8, 1968
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1990s–present
Labels WJ3
Associated acts Black Note, Roy Hargrove
Website www.williejones3.com

Willie Jones III (born June 8, 1968, Los Angeles, California) is a jazz drummer.[1]

He has played, toured, and recorded with Horace Silver, Roy Hargrove, Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, and Herbie Hancock. He played on Arturo Sandoval's Grammy-winning album Hot House (1998).[2]

Jones has released several albums with his group Black Note, whose members have included Ark Sano, Eric Reed, Gilbert Castellanos, James Mahone, Kenneth Crouch, Mark Shelby, and Richard E. Grant.[3]

He is appreciated by jazz musicians for his exceptional speed and control, together with his use of a wide range of textures which characterize most of his playing. He is a master of many styles and moves quickly and easily between be-bop, big band, avante guard, and Latin jazz grooves. He has regularly played with pianist Eric Reed, as the drummer for Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has several CDs released as a leader on his own label, playing hard bop and swing.

In 2000, Jones founded an independent jazz label, WJ3 Records.

In 2014, Jones filed a lawsuit against California rapper Kendrick Lamar for allegedly sampling "The Thorn" illegally in Lamar's song "Rigamortis".[4]


  • Vol. 1...Straight Swingin' (WJ3, 2001)
  • Vol. 2...Don't Knock The Swing (WJ3, 2003)
  • Vol. III (WJ3, 2006)
  • The Next Phase (WJ3, 2010)
  • Willie Jones III Sextet Plays The Max Roach Songbook (WJ3, 2013)
  • Groundwork (WJ3, 2016)[5]
  • My Point Is... (WJ3, 2017)

With Black Note

  • 43rd & Degnan (World Stage, 1991)
  • L.A. Underground (Red, 1993)
  • Jungle Music (Columbia, 1994)
  • Nothin' But The Swing (Impulse!, 1996)[3]

As sideman[edit]

Year recorded Leader Title Label
1994 Akagi, KeiKei Akagi Mirror Puzzle AudioQuest
2005 Zak, PeterPeter Zak For Tomorrow SteepleChase
2009 Walton, CedarCedar Walton Voices Deep Within HighNote
2011 Walton, CedarCedar Walton The Bouncer HighNote
2013 Zak, PeterPeter Zak The Disciple SteepleChase


  1. ^ "Willie Jones III - Jazz Drummer". Willie Jones III - Jazz Drummer. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Willie Jones III | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Black/Note | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Jazz Drummer Willie Jones III Sues Rapper Kendrick Lamar Over Stolen Sample". The Jazz Line. The Jazz Line. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Willie Jones III | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 November 2016.