Jazz Pianist

Dill Jones (b.19 Aug 1923 - 22 June 1984) was a Welsh jazz pianist who was instrumental in bringing jazz to British television when he hosted the BBC Jazz Club.

Born in Carmarthenshire, Jones discovered jazz at age 10 by hearing Fats Waller and Bix Beiderbecke on the radio. After being called for national service by the Royal Navy, Jones enrolled at Trinity College of Music in London. He, however, did not complete the course, preferring the informality of late-night jazz sessions. After forming the Dill Jones Quartet in 1959, he emigrated to the United States in 1961 settling in New York. Jones was soon in demand and earned his reputation playing with the likes of Gene Krupa, Jimmy McPartland, and Yank Lawson.

Dill Jones was photographed by Duffy for Vogue in 1961 for the October issue of the same year. The article titled 'Evening Looks and all that Jazz' featured other huge jazz stars such as Russ Henderson, Humphrey Lyttleton, Edmundo Ros, Victor Sylvester, Ted Heath, Fela Kuti, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, and The Shadows.

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