Elvin Jones
Born: 1927

Elvin Ray Jones was a jazz drummer. He was born in
Pontiac, Michigan, the youngest child in a family of ten. His
father worked for General Motors. Two of Jones’ brothers
were also jazz musicians: Hank (piano), and Thad
(trumpet/flugelhorn).

Elvin began playing professionally in the 1940s, working with
the Army Special Services program, Operation Happiness,
and in 1949 had a short-lived gig in Detroit’s Grand River
Street club. Eventually he went on to play with artists such
as Charlie… Continue

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