David Jones (jazz musician)

David Jones (jazz musician)

David "Davey" Jones (ca. 1888, Lutcher, Louisiana - 1956?, Los Angeles) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, melophonist, teacher and arranger.

Jones played with the Holmes Brass Band in his hometown of Lutcher in 1910, then played in Storyville in the middle of the decade. He worked on the S.S. Capitol with Fate Marable from 1918-1921. In fact, Davey joined Marable's band at the same time as Louis Armstrong and taught the 17 year old how to read sheet music. Jones played with King Oliver in California in 1921, and then worked in St. Louis, Missouri with R.Q. Dickerson's Record Breakers in 1922. Following this he and Dickerson found work in Wilson Robinson's Bostonians, remaining in this ensemble after Andrew Preer took over and led the group for a residency at the Cotton Club in New York City. This group recorded as the Cotton Club Orchestra in 1925.

Jones then returned to New Orleans to lead his own band at the Pelican Dance Hall. He played briefly with Wiliam Ridgley's Tuxedo Orchestra, then co-led the Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight with Lee Collins. Davey also gave lessons to young Joe Newman, who later played with Count Basie. He lived in California later in life.


  • Howard Rye, "David Jones". Grove Jazz online.
  • Laurence Bergreen, Louis Armstrong, An Extravagant Life, Broadway Books, NY (c) 1997 at p. 149.
  • Thomas Brothers, Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, W. W. Norton & Co., NY (c) 2006 at p. 252.

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