Jones, Randy [Randall]
- Gary W. Kennedy
(b Slough, England, Jan 23, 1944; d New York, June 13, 2016). English drummer. He taught himself drums from the age of 11 and toured Germany in rhythm-and-blues bands in his teens. Around 1962 he served as the music director for a Japanese-American dance troupe which toured Europe and the Far East. In the mid-1960s he worked for the BBC (1965–7) and then joined Maynard Ferguson’s band, with which he later recorded (1970–73). Having moved to New York (1973), Jones performed as a freelance with, among others, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Bill Watrous’s big band, Harry James (with whom he also toured), Buddy DeFranco, Jackie Paris, and the singer Anne-Marie Moss. From 1976 to 1978 he taught at Bridgeport University in Connecticut, and in summer 1978 he toured in Dave Brubeck’s quartet, deputizing for Butch Miles; he became Brubeck’s regular drummer several months later, and as such he toured extensively and performed in the Soviet Union (1980s). Among his many recordings with Brubeck are ...