The first time I saw the Basie band live was at George Wein's Jazz Festival at Cobo Hall in Detroit in 1967. Rufus Jones was the drummer and he was very much overweight at that time. Unfortunately his health deteriorated steadily after that until he was forced to abandon drumming. He passed away in 1990.speedy had some speed and power.
basie had all outstanding drummers , as he did all other musicians.
and why not, he was count basie , and he led the swinging count basie band.
one more time...one more once
IMHO Harold Jones was the tastiest of all Basie drummers. I went to see the band when they appeared at a neighboring town. I had hoped to see him perform but unfortunately he was no longer with the band and had recently left to back up Sarah Vaughan. I struck up a conversation with one of the trombone players during the intermission. He said that sometimes he got so engrossed in what Harold was doing that he'd lose his place and fail to come in when he was supposed to.harold jones 1974...
Rufus “Speedy” Jones and Harold Jones were the best drummers Basie had. IMHOWith Rufus "Speedy" Jones in the early 60s. He takes a solo pretty late in the (full show) video. But the whole show is just amazing. So tight, so swinging. The connection between this and the "atomic" Basie band of the late 50s is clear.