Drummer Harold Jones on swinging Basie, Tony Bennett, and life

Legendary drummer Harold Jones talks with me about growing up in Chicago with legends Herbie Hancock and Frank Strozier, and touring with Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, and countless others that would make your jaw drop. He reflects on the great clubs of the 1950s and 60s and the fertile ground they offered young musicians seeking to grow and learn. And he waxes philosophical about playing with dynamics and understanding what the music calls for. A great chat with a great musician. We spoke on September 11, 2012 in Austin, Texas when Harold was in town for an Austin City Limits recording with Tony Bennett, who he has toured with for many years.

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      1. Have you read Harold Jones: The Singer’s Drummer by Gil Jacobs? Amazon has it in both hardcopy and paperback. Great read and a lot of good background about his early years and training.

        1. Thanks, Scott. I’ve started a new site: an interactive discography for Tony Bennett. It’s still being built, but part of it are functional. Would love to get some feedback. discography.bloggingtonybennett.com

        2. Sounds very cool. I’ll definitely give it a look. Harold speaks so highly of Tony, not only as a great artist, but as a great person. Have you met Tony or ever had an opportunity to interview him? I’d love to someday.

        3. I was supposed to meet him last month after a show in Tacoma, but they were flying out immediately afterwards to the next gig. 😦

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