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Elvin Jones

Elvin Ray Jones (September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004) was a jazz drummer of the post-bop jazz era. He first showed an interest in the drums at a young age after watching the circus bands march by his family's home in Pontiac, Michigan.

After serving in the United States Army (1946 - 1949), Jones played in a Detroit houseband led by Billy Mitchell. In 1955, Jones moved to New York and worked as a sideman for Charles Mingus, Teddy Charles, Bud Powell and Miles Davis.

Elvin is probably best known for his work the John Coltrane quartet (1960 - 1966), with Jimmy Garrison on bass and McCoy Tyner on piano, appearing on such albums as A Love Supreme. Following his work with Coltrane, Jones led several small groups, some under the name The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. His brothers Hank Jones and Thad Jones were also jazz musicians with whom he recorded.

In this video documentary we see get a visual and aural study of the great drum innovator, Elvin Jones, with some work from his 1979 quartet with saxophonist Pat La Barbara, guitarist Ryo Kawasaki, and bassist David Williams.