Connie Jones is a master trumpeter and cornet player as well as a member of the French Quarter Festival’s entertainment committee. He picked up a bugle while in military school and began playing trumpet at 10 years old. When he was just 18 years old, Connie got his professional start playing traditional New Orleans jazz on Bourbon Street. His early career included a stint with Tony Almerico’s “Junior Band” at the Parisian Room in New Orleans. Then in 1951, he and his band the Dixiecats won a battle of the bands on the Paul Whiteman national TV Teen Show.
In 1952-3 he was with the Basin Street 6 in New Orleans which included Pete Fountain, among others. Connie dropped out of the music business until 1961, when he resumed his musical career with local New Orleans groups. He was with Santo Pecora and the Tailgaters at Bourbon Street’s Dream Room.
1962 saw a move to Philadelphia and New York to work with and lead various groups. In 1963, he joined Jack Teagarden’s last band and worked clubs and concerts until Jack’s death. In 1966, he toured the East, Midwest, and Florida with Billy Maxted’s Manhattan Jazz Band.
1967 began seven years as lead trumpet with Pete Fountain’s Jazz Band in New Orleans, and in 1974 he reorganized and led the Dukes of Dixieland. Then from 1976-83, he organized and led the house band at the Blue Angel on Bourbon Street. While there, he played at national jazz festivals.
Since then, Connie has has toured widely for Allied Concert Services and Columbia Artists and has free-lanced around New Orleans. Some of his television credits include Today, The Mike Douglas Show, Kraft Music Hall, Boots Randolph Special, Summertime at the Steel Pier, and others. He has recorded extensively on the Crescent City, Maison Bourbon, Jazzology, Stomp Off, Arbors, Liberty, and Delmar labels as both sideman and leader.