Olu Dara [Jones, Charles, III ]
- Howard Mandel
- , revised by Barry Kernfeld
[Jones, Charles, III ]
(b Louisville, MS, Jan 12, 1941). Trumpeter, cornetist, singer, and bandleader. He was brought up in Natchez, Mississippi, and took up trumpet at the age of seven. Following navy service, in 1963 he moved to New York, where in 1969 he adopted his Yoruba name and resumed playing. As a sideman he worked with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (c1973) and various reed players belonging to the Black Artists Group (such as Oliver Lake), as well as with David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Bill Laswell (in the group Material), and others. He performed and recorded with Hamiet Bluiett in New York (1976) and with Phillip Wilson in a duo in Paris (1977) and in a quartet at the Moers festival, Germany (1978); he also recorded with Lake (1975), Murray (1976), James “Blood” Ulmer (1980), Julius Hemphill (in Milan, Italy, ...