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Wayne Jones

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Jones, Wayne Eberly Age 80, born in Lafayette, IN, graduate of DePauw University, beloved husband and friend of Charlotte Bradley Jones (nee Corcoran); cherished son of the late Francis Arthur Jones D.D.S. and Olga Louise Jones (nee Eberly). Wayne was one of the most prominent swing and traditional jazz drummers in the country. Some of the bands he worked with included The Original Salty Dogs, James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band, The Red Rose Ragtime Band, Turk Murphy's San Francisco Jazz Band at Carnegie Hall, The West End Jazz Band, Sons of Bix, The Chicago Footwarmers Orchestra, The Neo-Passe Jazz Band, Terry Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopaters and Bob Schultz's Frisco Jazz Band. Wayne also toured with Phyllis Diller and the Gold Coast Jazz Band. Several venues were longtime gigs for Wayne. Jazz at Noon on the Showboat Sari S. and later at Andy's and the Don DeMicheal-Chuck Hedges Swingtet at Andy's. Wayne also wrote for Downbeat, The Mississippi Rag and other publications as a jazz writer and critic. Parkinson's Disease robbed him of his gift but seldom his humor. Visitation Sunday, 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, ( 1/2 mile North of Saint Charles Road), Elmhurst. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Amvets, The Salvation Army or the Illiana Club of Traditional Jazz. For funeral information please call 630-832-0018 or www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com

Published in Chicago Sun-Times on June 1, 2013
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