Posted by themusicsover on May 18, 2010
September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004
Elvin Jones was a jazz drummer who found his fame during the post bop era. Over the course of his illustrious career, Jones played with just jazz luminaries as Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and John Coltrane with whom he played for six years during the ’60s. He can be heard on Coltrane’s landmark album, A Love Supreme. He also played behind several of his own groups over the years. J0nes’ style was highly influential on rock drummers – Mitch Mitchell and Ginger Baker have cited him as a direct influence. He was also a tireless educator, often taking part in drum clinics and free performances at prisons. Elvin Jones died of heart failure on May 18, 2004.