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Basie was a popular figure in the UK and a measure of his band's brilliance was that when they first performed in London, in 1954, they arrived to find that all their printed sheet music had been sent in error to South America. Nobody was able to tell, because the 13-piece band soaring majestically on favourites such as Jumpin' at the Woodside, Li'l Darlin' and April in Paris. It fitted Basie's philosophy of music: "I wanted 13 men to think and play the same way. I wanted the trumpets and trombones to bite with real guts, to be tasty and subtle."

After his military service, which included an association with the . Military School of Music and working with area bands in Des Moines and Oklahoma City , Jones became a member of the Count Basie Orchestra in May 1954. He was featured as a soloist on such well-known tunes as " April in Paris ", "Shiny Stockings" and "Corner Pocket". However, his main contribution to Basie's organization was nearly two dozen arrangements and compositions, which included "The Deacon", "." (Her Royal Highness — in honor of the band's command performance in London), "Counter Block", and lesser known tracks such as "Speaking of Sounds". His hymn-like ballad "To You" was performed by the Basie band combined with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in their only recording together, and the recording Dance Along With Basie contains nearly an entire album of Jones' uncredited arrangements of standard tunes.


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