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Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones

Papa Jo Jones


This book presents Papa Jo Jones’s (Jonathan David Samuel Jones) inimitable life and opinions, as originally told to the prominent jazz historian and novelist Albert Murray and now transcribed, arranged, and introduced by Paul Devlin. Drawn from fourteen tapes recorded over eight years beginning in 1977, the book is an impressionistic series of riffs and tales by Jones: his life as a musician on the road in segregated America, his outstanding solo career following his years with the Basie band, and his interactions with iconic artists and cultural figures of the time, including Ralph Ellison, ... More

Keywords: Albert Murray, riffs, musician, segregated America, solo career, Basie band, jazz, Papa Jo Jones, autobiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816673001
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Papa Jo Jones, author
Ph.D. Student, Program in English, SUNY Stony Brook