A moment in history: we take a look at alto saxophonist and bandleader, Louis Jordan, the most popular African-American artist of the 1940s.
“Papa” Jo Jones was the first great drummer to play with legendary big band leader Count Basie. Jones (not to be confused with hard-bop drummer “Philly” Joe Jones) was in the Basie band from 1935–1948. His tenure there yielded many innovations that paved the way for the future of jazz drumming.
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