Sam Jones was a solid jazz bassist with impeccable
technique, who could also swing and groove with the best of
them. Most associated with his tenures with Cannonball
Adderley, and then Oscar Peterson, he also went on to front
his own bands and left a reputable recorded legacy as a
Sam Jones was born in Florida on Nov. 12, 1924, starting
his career playing in local bands. By 1953 he was playing
with Tiny Bradshaw , then after moving to New York in 1955
he joined up with the groups of Kenny Dorham, Cannonball
Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk.
But it would be with the Cannonballs Adderley Quintet, from
1959 to 1966, where he would establish his reputation.
Paired up with stellar drummer Louis Hayes, in what has
proven to be a benchmark rhythm section for being “in the
pocket.” There have been few better.
He also did solo projects during the early sixties and
released some fine sides for Riverside, where he was able
to stretch out on some of his cello oriented pieces.
Jones went on to replace Ray Brown in the Oscar Peterson
Trio in from 1966 to 1970