Sam Jones (musician)

Samuel Jones (November 12, 1924 December 15, 1981) was an American jazz double bassist, cellist, and composer.[1]

Samuel Jones
Background information
Born(1924-11-12)November 12, 1924
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
DiedDecember 15, 1981(1981-12-15) (aged 57)
InstrumentsDouble bass, cello
Years active1955–1981
Associated actsCannonball Adderley, Bobby Timmons, Oscar Peterson, Lou Donaldson, Nat Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, Thelonious Monk, Al Cohn, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans, Tiny Bradshaw, Kenny Dorham, Illinois Jacquet, Cedar Walton


Sam Jones was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and moved in 1955 to New York City. There, he played with Bobby Timmons, Tiny Bradshaw, Les Jazz Modes, Kenny Dorham, Illinois Jacquet, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie (1958–59) and Thelonious Monk. He is probably best known for his work with Cannonball Adderley (1959–65). He also spent several years working with Oscar Peterson (1966-1970) and Cedar Walton and recorded with Bill Evans in the 1950s. His career primarily revolved around the New York City jazz scene.[2] Jones wrote the jazz standards "Del Sasser" and "Unit 7" while working with Adderley. Other compositions include "Blue Funk", "O.P.", "Bittersweet", and "Seven Minds".


As leader

As sideman

With Cannonball Adderley

With Nat Adderley

With Joe Alexander

  • Blue Jubilee (Jazzland, 1960)

With Gene Ammons

With Chet Baker

With Walter Bishop Jr.

With Tina Brooks

With Ray Brown

With Kenny Burrell

With Donald Byrd

With James Clay

With Arnett Cobb

With Al Cohn

With George Coleman

With King Curtis

With Walter Davis Jr.

With Lou Donaldson

With Kenny Dorham

With Kenny Drew

With Ted Dunbar

With Bill Evans

With Art Farmer

With Victor Feldman

With Red Garland

With Terry Gibbs

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Paul Gonsalves

With Dexter Gordon

With Rein de Graaff

  • New York Jazz (Timeless Records,1979) – with Louis Hayes

With Grant Green

With Johnny Griffin

With Barry Harris

With Louis Hayes

With Jimmy Heath

With Johnny Hodges

With John Lee Hooker

With Freddie Hubbard

With Fred Jackson

With Milt Jackson

With Willis Jackson

With Eddie Jefferson

With J. J. Johnson

With Etta Jones

With Hank Jones

With Jo Jones

With Philly Joe Jones

With Clifford Jordan

With Duke Jordan

With Wynton Kelly

With Harold Land

With Yusef Lateef

With Abbey Lincoln

With Johnny Lytle

With Chuck Mangione

  • Recuerdo (Jazzland, 1962)

With Warne Marsh

With Jack McDuff

With Ken McIntyre

With Charles McPherson

With Billy Mitchell

With Blue Mitchell

With Thelonious Monk

With Wes Montgomery

With Tete Montoliu

With Phineas Newborn Jr.

With Sal Nistico

With Horace Parlan

With Cecil Payne and Duke Jordan

With Oscar Peterson

With Bud Powell

With Julian Priester

With Ike Quebec

With Jimmy Raney

With Sonny Red

With Dizzy Reece

With Red Rodney

With Sal Salvador

With Archie Shepp

With Les Spann

  • Gemini (Jazzland, 1961)

With James Spaulding

With Sonny Stitt

With Idrees Sulieman

With Art Taylor

With Clark Terry

With Lucky Thompson

With Teri Thornton

With Bobby Timmons

With Stanley Turrentine

With Harold Vick

With Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

With Cedar Walton

With Roosevelt Wardell

  • The Revelation (Prestige, 1960)

With Ben Webster

With Don Wilkerson

With Joe Zawinul


  1. Lawrence Koch & Barry Kernfeld. "Jones, Sam". In Deane L. Root (ed.). Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. "Down Beat Profile". 2011-06-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  3. Dryden, Ken. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2012-06-25.
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