Connie Jones Musical Artist
Connie Jones (born 1934) is an American jazz trumpeter and cornetist from New Orleans. Jones started playing the bugle while in military school, and later changed to trumpet at age 10. His first professional band was the Basin Street Six, a traditional New Orleans jazz group led by him and Pete Fountain. Fountain became Jones' long-time friend and collaborator and still occasionally performs with Jones. Before starting his own group, Jones played in the bands of Billy Maxted and Santo Pecora. He was also in Jack Teagarden's group when Teagarden died in 1964. As a bandleader he played in the Blue Angel nightclub and later aboard the Mississippi steamboat Delta Queen. In 2008, Jones recorded the album Creole Nocturne with pianist Tom McDermott. Jones continues to perform at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. His band was the opening act of the festival for nine years in a row. Jones was also part of the festival's entertainment committee in 2009.
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