The Year of Tony Bennett would like to wish a very happy birthday to Harold Jones, Tony Bennett’s drummer. Classically trained as a percussionist, Jones has had distinguished career. Tony Bennett introduces him at concerts as ‘Count Basie’s favorite drummer.” We recently read a delightful biography of Harold Jones called Harold Jones: The Singer’s Drummer, which is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as other booksellers.
He has played not only for Tony Bennett and Count Basie, but also Natalie Cole, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Carmen McRae, Ray Charles, Kay Starr and many, many other great performers.
You can learn more about Harold Jones at his website haroldjonesbigband.com, which contains a full biography, discography, reviews, downloads and much more.
There is also this excellent interview with Scott Laningham, which you can read or listen to here.
And, we just wanted to mention how very handsome you look in the Cheek To Cheek DVD in your formal wear.