Vamp 'Til Ready – "Papa" Jo Jones
A simple but very swinging medium-up song, based on a descending two-measure riff. Solos are on "rhythm changes" with a different bridge.
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- Recording: Jo Jones - Vamp 'Til Ready
- Recorded on: April 19, 1960
- Label: Everest (LPBR 5099)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trombone - Bennie Green
- Tenor Sax - Jimmy Forrest
- Piano - Tommy Flanagan
- Bass - Tommy Potter
- Drums - Jo Jones
Our lead sheet shows the A section of the shout chorus, which is the same as the head except the last two measures which are a solo break for the drums. On the recording, this is the last chorus; the bass solos on the bridge, and the shout section is played again, vamped and faded out.
October 7, 1911 – September 3, 1985
Born Jonathan David Samuel Jones in Chicago, Illinois, Jo Jones got his start playing drums and tap-dancing in carnival shows in Alabama until joining Walter Page's band in Oklahoma City in the late 1920s. He, along with Walter Page and Freddie Green, joined Count Basie's band in 1934. That rhythm section would forever change the sound and feeling of jazz. Read more...