Calvin J. Jones, Versatile Jazz Musician and Teacher, Dies

Classic Arts News   Calvin J. Jones, Versatile Jazz Musician and Teacher, Dies
Jazz musician and composer Calvin J. Jones died on October 10, of a heart attack following surgery, the Washington Post reports. He was 75 years old.

Over the course of his career, the Chicago-born and Memphis-bred Jones played trombone, bass, and piano with such greats as Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie.

He also reportedly logged a number of firsts for African Americans: He was the first to play in the Washington Redskins Professional Band, the first to play for the Ice Capades, and was among the first African Americans to play in the pit orchestra at the National Theatre.

Jones was the founder and director of the jazz studies program at the University of the District of Columbia, where he also wrote and arranged work for collegiate jazz ensembles and helped develop the university's jazz archives. Two weeks ago, he was declared UDC faculty member of the year.

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