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date: 13 November 2019

Jones, Rusty [Isham Russell, II]free

  • Deborah Gillaspie
  •  and Barry Kernfeld

(b Cedar Rapids, IA, April 13, 1942; d Chicago, Dec 9, 2015). American drummer. His year of birth has been published incorrectly as 1932. Both his parents were professional musicians, and he was the great-nephew and godson of Isham Jones. He studied history and political science at the University of Iowa (BA 1965) and played with J. R. Monterose for a few months in 1964. He then performed and recorded in Chicago with the pianist Judy Roberts (August 1968 – January 1972). From January 1972 to January 1978 he was associated with George Shearing and took part in several recording sessions with him, including one in Germany with Stephane Grappelli. He also worked with Lee Konitz, Mose Allison, and Monty Alexander and recorded with Shearing’s sideman Warren Chiasson (1973). Jones performed with Marian McPartland intermittently from 1978 to 1980. Through the mid-1980s he taught at workshops and performed at the Fayetteville (Arkansas) Festival. Comfortable in several jazz styles, he accompanied musicians as varied as Wild Bill Davison, Art Hodes, Jimmy McPartland, Anita O’Day, Dizzy Gillespie, and Clifford Jordan. He remained active in the 1990s, appearing regularly at the Chicago Jazz Festival and at other festivals in the USA and abroad, and recording in Chicago.

Selected recordings

G. Shearing: As Requested (1972, Sheba 105)

J.-L. Ponty and S. Grappelli: Jean-Luc Ponty–Stephane Grappelli (1973, Amer. 6139)

G. Shearing: The Reunion (1976, MPS 15482)

M. Pompe: Nobody Else but Me (1996, Kopaesthetics 105)

S. Holman: Don’t Wake the Kids (1997, Southport 0047)

F. Catalano: Cut it Out!?! (1997, Del. 501)

L. Feather and I. Gitler: The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies (New York, 1976/R1987)