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The Arts Foundation Of Olde Towne is a neighborhood based, Arts & Humanities incubator that serves to host and produce projects that are about, or initiated by residents from the Near East Area of the City Of Columbus, Ohio.

Rockin Ralph Jones All-Stars


Ralph Rockin' Jones
Instrument: saxophone
Group: "Rockin'" Ralph Jones All-Stars
Pictured L-R: Fred Smith - bass
unknown - vocals, Ralph Jones - saxophone
From the collection of: Ralph Jones

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC10-41

©2000 A.F.O.O.T.






Ralph Rockin' Jones
Instrument: saxophone
Group: "Rockin'" Ralph Jones All-Stars
Description: Ralph Jones was born and raised in Columbus. He began playing the tenor saxophone at the age of 14. Jones continued his musical interest while in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, playing in the Army Touring Orchestra. The group traveled through Africa and Spain with a show called Harlem In Cadence. Returning to Columbus, Jones worked with his brother, Vernon Jones, and Van Walls in a group called Ralph "Rockin'" Jones and the Mellow-Tones. Jones describes his music as rhythm-and-blues-based jazz. Many stories and legends are told about the times Jones would "walk the bar" right out into the street and stop traffic. Speaking fondly of his old saxophone, Jones said, I used to have a time with that old horn. I'd have to soak it so the pads would swell up and it wouldn't leak but I liked that horn better than a new one.
Pictured L-R: Fred Smith - bass, Eddie Little Field - piano, George Emerson - drums, Ralph Jones - saxophone
From the collection of: Ralph Jones

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC10-43

©2000 A.F.O.O.T.