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Drummer Randy Jones Dies at 72

Long-serving sideman in Dave Brubeck Quartet

Randy Jones was a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet for over 30 years

Randy Jones, an adaptable, swinging drummer best known for his enduring work in the Dave Brubeck Quartet, died of heart failure on June 13 at New York City’s Calvary Hospital. He was 72.

Born in the U.K. and based in New York City for more than 40 years, Jones came to the U.S. in the early ’70s and racked up credits with an enviable list of jazz luminaries, among them Milt Jackson, Chet Baker, Bill Watrous, Gerry Mulligan and Harry James. He was asked to join Brubeck’s iconic band in 1978, and he remained there for over three decades.

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