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Papa Jo Jones

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673001

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673001.001.0001

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People I’ve Rubbed Elbows With

People I’ve Rubbed Elbows With

(p.81) People I’ve Rubbed Elbows With

Papa Jo Jones

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the many memorable social connections Jo Jones has made in his lifetime. These people are spread out across a wide range of backgrounds, but primarily from music and sports, and many of their stories and Jones’s impressions thereof are put forth in quick yet lively anecdotes. Jones describes his idol, Duke Ellington, and how the latter has made the kind of music that can touch on the night-spiritual connection of love in all humans. Jones talks about Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Satchel Paige, Stepin Fetchit, Tommy Dorsey, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Lester Lanin, Jackie Robinson, Maceo Birch, L.B. Woods, Big Ben Stevenson, Walter Page, Louis Armstrong and Joe Glaser, and John Hammond. And as an aside, Jones also recounts the frustrated sexual escapades of a certain anonymous acquaintance of his.

Keywords:   Jo Jones, Duke Ellington, social connections, anecdotes, music, sports

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