Philly Joe Jones was born with the name Joseph Rudolph
Jones in the city of Philadelphia on July 15, 1923. His
mother, a piano teacher taught him the basics in music. In
his formative years he also studied the drums with
drummers the likes of Cozy Cole and Charles Wilcoxon,
receiving valuable advise from Art Blakey and a then
younger Max Roach. He established himself as "Philly Joe"
Jones, from the name of the city of his birth, to distinguish
himself from the mainstay Count Basie’s drummer, Jo
Jones. But just as Jo Jones established the rhythm section
standard in the 30’s and 40’s, Philly Joe would do the same
in the 50’s.
He began playing with the rhythm and blues bands in the
40’s, establishing himself on the New York jazz scene