Carmell Jones

Carmell Jones (July 19, 1936 November 7, 1996) was an American jazz trumpet player.

Carmell Jones
Born(1936-07-19)July 19, 1936
DiedNovember 7, 1996(1996-11-07) (aged 60)
GenresJazz, hard bop
Years active1961–91
LabelsPacific Jazz, Prestige


Jones was born in Kansas City, Kansas. He started piano lessons at age five, and trumpet lessons at age seven. His first professional work was with Kansas City greats Nathan Davis, Cleanhead Vinson and Frank Smith. He moved to California in 1960 and worked as a studio musician for several years, including in the orchestras for two movie soundtracks, 'The Seven Days In May' and 'The Manchurian Candidate', the latter starring Frank Sinatra.[1] He released two albums as a leader for Pacific Jazz at this time, while recording as a sideman with Bud Shank, Onzy Matthews, Curtis Amy, Harold Land, and Gerald Wilson.[2] He toured with Horace Silver in 1964-65, and was on Silver's seminal 1965 Blue Note album Song for My Father. In 1965 he moved to Germany where he lived for 15 years, working with Paul Kuhn and the SFB Big Band (Sender Freies Berlin) from 1968 to 1980. There he worked with musicians such as Milo Pavlovic, Herb Geller, Leo Wright, Rudi Wilfer and Eugen Cicero. Jones returned to the US in 1980, working as a teacher and appearing at local clubs in Kansas City. He released one additional album as a leader in 1982 entitled “Carmell Jones Returns,” on the Revelation label.[3] Jones died on November 7, 1996 in Kansas City at the age of 60.[4]

In 2003, Mosaic Records released a three-CD set of Jones material in their Mosaic Select series.[5]

Jones' daughter, Stella Jones, is a singer who represented Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 1995.

Selected Discography

As a leader

  • The Remarkable Carmell Jones (Pacific Jazz, 1961)
  • Brass Bag (Pacific Jazz, 1962) - with Laurence "Tricky" Lofton
  • Business Meetin' (Pacific Jazz, 1962)
  • Jay Hawk Talk (Prestige, 1965)
  • Carmell Jones in Europe 1965-66 (Prestige, 1969)
  • Carmell Jones Returns (Revelation, 1982)
  • Mosaic Select 2: Carmell Jones (Mosaic, 2003)

As a sideman


  1. "CARMELL JONES - biography 1". Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. All About Jazz: Carmell Jones musician page Archived July 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. RETROFUZZ. "Carmell Jones | Artists". Blue Note Records. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. Andre Condouant's Carmell Jones site Archived May 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. All About Jazz review: Mosaic Select 2
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