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Ivan 'Boogaloo Joe' Jones

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Ivan Joseph Jones, also known as “Boogaloo Joe”, (born 1 November 1940) is a psychedelic jazz guitarist. He made his solo debut as “Joe Jones” on Prestige Records in 1967, but earned the name “Boogaloo Joe” following a 1969 record of that title. The demeaning name was meant to distinguish him from the other ‘Jo(e) Joness in music: Papa Jo, Philly Joe, and the Joe of the Fluxus movement. Later, he’d turn to billing himself as Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones.

Jones recorded several albums in a soul-jazz vein for Prestige in the period from 1966 to 1978). In addition to leading his own group for recording purposes, Ivan Jones recorded with Groove Holmes, Houston Person, Rusty Bryant, Harold Mabern, Wild Bill Davis and, most notably, Willis Jackson. Rusty Bryant, Charles Earland, and Bernard Purdie are among the sidemen also featured on Boogaloo’s albums.

His sound and style clearly derived from the blues. But it was a solid understanding of rock that Jones brought to his style of jazz. He was influenced most by Tal Farlow and Billy Butler, but gravitated toward the rhythm and blues jazz Butler was popularizing with organist Bill Doggett’s popular group.

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