Los Angeles' JJ Bad Boy Jones Dies
Tue Jan 20 13:30:11 EST 2004
This is sad news indeed. JJ was a real sweetheart, one of the nicest
bluesmen I ever met. Barry Levenson and I were talking this morning about
the loss. He said and I agree that JJ was special in that he was always
generous and kind and wanted to hear us play when we backed him up. He
always treated us like peers and not just a sideman. I honor him for that
and his tremendous talent. He really was the real deal and I'm going to miss
him a lot.
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Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 12:37 AM
Subject: Los Angeles' JJ Bad Boy Jones Dies
> Hello People,
> Another real deal bluesman is gone. The first cousin of Guitar Slim
> Jones) and brother-in-law of Albert King (he married Albert's sister years
> ago), Los Angeles' own JJ Bad Boy Jones passed away tonight. He was
> years old.
> I heard that he was driving to his regular Monday night jam at the Gas
> in Santa Monica, CA when he suffered a heart attack. He was a spry
> around 5'2" who always seemed invincible to me and could evoke BB King and
> Albert KIng in his own amazing, understated way.
> He was a profoundly great guitarist and singer and a minor influence on me
> ever since the day I met him in the ghetto at the M&M Soul Food Restaurant
> in 1999. He even hired me a few times over the years and I always wanted
> record him when I got the funds together, but could only afford to record
> Louisiana Guitar Red and Mississippi Bo.
> The LA "blues scene," or what's left of it, could not afford this loss,
> neither could I.
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