Drummer Harold Jones on swinging Basie, 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.
Read more about Harold at haroldjonesdrummer.com
I haven’t written on here in a long while but I’m re-energized with a quest to publish audio, and sometimes video, interviews with interesting people with a particular emphasis on fellow musicians. The first one will post soon.
I talk with Harold Jones, a legendary drummer for Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, and countless others. We spoke for a half-hour in his Austin, Texas hotel room during a tour stop with Tony Bennett for an Austin City Limits recording. Harold talks about growing up in Chicago around other legends, touring 12 months a year with Tony Bennett, and the delicate relationship of bassist and drummer. Watch for it soon.