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Al Black

An American drummer was a Philadelphia-born United States jazz drummer, known as the drummer for the Miles Davis Quintet.

The name "Philly Joe" was used to avoid confusion with Jo Jones, the drummer from the Count Basie Orchestra, who became known as "Papa Jo Jones".

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.
Jones then toured and recorded with Miles Davis Quintet from 1955 to 1957 — a band that became known as "The Quintet".

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 onwards he worked as a leader, but continued to work as a sideman with other musicians, including Bill Evans and Hank Mobley.

He lived and taught in London from 1967 to 1969, and in Paris from 1969 until 1972, when he returned to Philadelphia and formed a jazz-rock group, Le Grand Prix.

From 1981 he helped to found the group Dameronia, dedicated to the music of the composer Tadd Dameron, and led it until his death

Jonnes died in 1985.

Albums include,

The Joe Jones Special - 1957 - Jazztone
Blues for Dracula - 1958 - Riverside
Drums Around the World: Philly Joe Jones Big Band Sounds - 1959 - Riverside
Showcase - 1959 - Riverside (with Blue Mitchell, Julian Priester, Pepper Adams)
Philly Joe's Beat - 1960 - Atlantic
Together! - 1964
Mo' Joe - 1968 - Black Lion
My Fire - 1968 - Prestige
Mean What You Say - 1977 - Sonet
Philly Mignon - 1977 - Galaxy
Drum Songs - 1978 - Galaxy
Advance! - 1979 - Galaxy
Octet - 1981 - Marge
To Tadd with Love - 1982 - Uptown

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