Philly Joe Jones

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Joseph Rudolph (Philly Joe) Jones (July 15, 1923August 30, 1985) was an American jazz drummer. In 1947 he became the house drummer at Café Society in New York City, where he played with the leading bebop players of the day. The most important influence on Jones among them was Tadd Dameron. He then toured and recorded with Miles Davis from 1952 to 1958 - a band that became known as "The Quintet", and is considered by many the greatest group in the history of jazz. Miles also acknowledged that Jones was his favorite drummer. He organized the Davis Quintet in 1955 so that he and Davis would not have difficulties finding competent local musicians to play with them. From 1958 on he worked as a leader.

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