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Elvin Jones

dr, 1927-2004 US, Pontiac, Michigan
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Elvin Ray Jones

Elvin Ray Jones (September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004) was an American jazz drummer of the post-bop era. He showed an interest in drums at a young age, watching the circus bands march by his family's home in Pontiac, Michigan.He served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1949 and subsequently played in a Detroit houseband led by Billy Mitchell. He moved to New York in 1955 and worked as a sideman for Charles Mingus, Teddy Charles, Bud Powell and Miles Davis.

  • Drums
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
Virgo - Remastered 2004 on Coffeehouse Jazz by Various Artists
Pretty Brown on Elvin! by Elvin Jones
Cup Bearers on The Enja Heritage Collection: Confirmation by Tommy Flanagan, George Mraz & Elvin Jones
Anthropology on Dear John C. by Elvin Jones
What's New on Clarinescapade by Various Artists
Feeling Good on Dear John C. by Elvin Jones
G.G. on Mr. Jones by Elvin Jones
Dear John C. on Dear John C. by Elvin Jones
Smoke Rings on Dear John C. by Elvin Jones
Raunchy Rita on Heavy Sounds by Elvin Jones & Richard Davis

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Title Artist Year Type
New York City - Stockholm 1956-62Elvin Jones2017Compil.
Do What You LikeGinger Baker's Air Force, Ginger Baker, Elvin Jones2015Compil.
Live At Village Vanguard Vol.1Elvin Jones2013Album
Illumination! / Dear John C.Elvin Jones2011Compil.
Bill Frisell With Dave Holland And Elvin JonesBill Frisell With Dave Holland And Elvin Jones2001Album
YoungbloodElvin Jones2000Album
The Complete Blue Note Elvin Jones SessionsElvin Jones2000Album
Stefano Di BattistaStefano Di Battista / Jacky Terrasson / Elvin Jones / Rosario Bonaccorso2000Album
Philly Joe's Beat / Philly Joe & Elvin Together"Philly" Joe Jones & Elvin Jones1999Compil.
Momentum SpaceDewey Redman / Cecil Taylor / Elvin Jones1999Album
And Then Again / Midnight WalkElvin Jones1999Compil.
At This Point In TimeElvin Jones1998Album
Into The Frying PanThe Greg Packham Group Featuring Elvin Jones1998Album
OlioThad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones1996Album
Elvin JonesElvin Jones1994Compil.
Time To SmileSteve Grossman With Elvin Jones, Tom Harrell, Willie Pickens, Cecil McBee1994Album
It Don't Mean A Thing...Elvin Jones1994Album
Upon Reflection - The Music Of Thad JonesHank Jones with Elvin Jones and George Mraz1993Album
Live At The Village Vanguard / Volume OneElvin Jones1993Album
One For NamesakeRobert Hurst Featuring: Kenny Kirkland & Elvin Jones1993Album
When I Was At Aso-MountainElvin Jones Introduces Takehisa Tanaka1993Album
In EuropeElvin Jones1992Album
Very R.A.R.E. & Love And PeaceElvin Jones1992Compil.
In Concert - A Love SupremeElvin Jones1992Album
Different Drummer - Elvin JonesElvin Jones1991Single
Village Vanguard Live Sessions 2Pepper Adams, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, Richard Davis, Joe Farrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Garnett Brown, Marvin Stamm1990Compil.
Village Vanguard Live Sessions 1Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Mel Lewis, Ray Nance, Pepper Adams, Richard Davis1990Compil.
Trust In BlueAkira Ohmori Meets Elvin Jones1988Album
Manne, Jones & RoachShelly Manne, Elvin Jones & Max Roach1985Compil.
Earth JonesElvin Jones1983Album
After HoursThad Jones, Kenny Burrell, Frank Wess, Mal Waldron, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, Teddy Charles, Doug Watkins, Elvin Jones1982Compil.
Brother JohnElvin Jones1982Album
Heart To HeartElvin Jones1981Album
Super-SessionTommy Flanagan, Red Mitchell, Elvin Jones1980Album
Another SoilTomoki Takahashi Meets Elvin Jones1980Album
Jazz 2000Elvin Jones, Jan Hammer, Frank Tusa, Terry Clarke, David Liebman, Gene Perla1979Compil.
Very RareElvin Jones1979Album
Giant StepsNobuo Hara and His Sharps & Flats, Elvin Jones, Frank Foster1978Album
MoonflowerFumio Karashima Meets Elvin Jones1978Album
Skyscrapers - Vol. 3Elvin Jones1977Album
Skyscrapers - Vol. 4Elvin Jones1977Album
Skyscrapers - Vol. 2Elvin Jones1977Album
Time CapsuleElvin Jones1977Album
Skyscrapers - Vol. 1Elvin Jones1977Album
Summit MeetingElvin Jones, James Moody, Clark Terry, Bunky Green, Roland Prince1977Album
The Main ForceElvin Jones1976Album
The Prime ElementElvin Jones1976Album
TogetherOregon / Elvin Jones1976Album
Is "On The Mountain"Elvin Jones1975Album
LiveElvin Jones1975Album
New AgendaElvin Jones1975Album
The Wide PointAlbert Mangelsdorff, Elvin Jones, Palle Danielsson1975Album
Drum Night At BirdlandArt Blakey, "Philly" Joe Jones, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones1974Compil.
The Big BeatArt Blakey / Max Roach / Elvin Jones / "Philly" Joe Jones1974Compil.
The Impulse YearsElvin Jones1974Compil.
The Big BeatArt Blakey / Max Roach / Elvin Jones / "Philly" Joe Jones1974Compil.
Live At The Village VanguardElvin Jones1974Album
Mr. JonesElvin Jones1973Album
Hollow OutElvin Jones / Masabumi Kikuchi1973Album
Merry Go RoundElvin Jones1972Album
Live At The LighthouseElvin Jones1972Album
GenesisElvin Jones1971Album
Electric Byrd / That Healin' Feelin' / Love Call / CoalitionOrnette Coleman, Horace Silver, Elvin Jones, Donald Byrd1971Album
CoalitionElvin Jones1971Album
Poly-CurrentsElvin Jones1970Album
Heavy SoundsElvin Jones And Richard Davis1968Album
Five Greatest DrummersMax Roach / Shelly Manne / Elvin Jones / "Philly" Joe Jones / Art Blakey1968Compil.
The UltimateElvin Jones1968Album
Midnight WalkElvin Jones1967Single
Midnight WalkElvin Jones1967Album
Jazz In Concert At The Village GateFather Tom Vaughn, Art Davis, Elvin Jones1966Album
Jazz In Concert At The Village GateFather Tom Vaughn, Art Davis, Elvin Jones1966Album
Rip, Rig & PanicThe Roland Kirk Quartet Featuring Elvin Jones1965Album
Dear John C.Elvin Jones1965Album
And Then AgainElvin Jones1965Album
Soulful Drum BattlesArt Blakey, Charlie Persip, Louis Bellson, "Philly" Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa1964Compil.
Together!"Philly" Joe Jones & Elvin Jones1964Album
ConflictJimmy Woods Sextet Featuring Elvin Jones1963Album
Here's LoveHank Jones - Kenny Burrell - Milt Hinton - Elvin Jones1963Album
Elvin!Elvin Jones1962Album
Gretsch Drum Night At Birdland Vol. 2Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, "Philly" Joe Jones1961Album
Gretsch Drum Night At BirdlandArt Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, "Philly" Joe Jones1960Album
Drums - Vol. 2 : Jam Session De Batteries Au "Birdland"Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones Et "Philly" Joe Jones1960Single
Motor City SceneThad Jones, Billy Mitchell, Al Grey, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Elvin Jones1959Album
OlioThad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones1958Single
Paul Chambers QuintetPaul Chambers Quintet With Donald Byrd, Clifford Jordan, Tommy Flanagan, Elvin Jones1957Album
OlioThad Jones - Frank Wess - Teddy Charles - Mal Waldron - Doug Watkins - Elvin Jones, The Prestige All Stars1957Album
Art Blakey And Elvin JonesArt Blakey And Elvin JonesAlbum
Anything For Jazz / Different DrummerJaki Byard Featuring Ron Carter, Bill Evans / Elvin JonesAlbum
Art Blakey and Elvin JonesArt Blakey and Elvin JonesCompil.
Jam Session De Batteries Au "Birdland"Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones Et "Philly" Joe JonesSingle
This Is The Modern Drum Battles!Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa, "Philly" Joe Jones, Charlie PersipCompil.
Gretsch Drum Night At BirdlandArt Blakey - Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones - "Philly" Joe JonesSingle
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