The Info List - Olu Dara

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Olu Dara Jones (born Charles Jones III; January 12, 1941) is an American cornetist, guitarist, and singer. He is the father of rapper Nas.


1 Career 2 Discography

2.1 As leader 2.2 As sideman

3 References 4 External links

Career[edit] Olu Dara was born Charles Jones III in Natchez, Mississippi.[1][2] In 1963, he moved to New York City and changed his name to Olu Dara,[3][4] which means "God is good" in the Yoruba language.[4] In the 1970s and '80s he played alongside David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Hamiet Bluiett, Don Pullen, Charles Brackeen, James Blood Ulmer, and Cassandra Wilson. He formed two bands, the Okra Orchestra and the Natchezsippi Dance Band.[1][3] His first album, In the World: From Natchez to New York (1998), revealed another aspect of his musical personality: the leader and singer of a band immersed in African-American tradition, playing an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, and storytelling, with tinges of funk, African popular music, and reggae. His second album Neighborhoods, with guest appearances by Dr John
Dr John
and Cassandra Wilson, followed in a similar vein. Dara played on the album Illmatic
(1994) by his son, rapper Nas, and on the song "Dance" (2002), also by Nas, and he sang on Nas's song "Bridging the Gap" (2004).[4] Discography[edit] As leader[edit]

In the World: From Natchez to New York (Atlantic, 1998) Neighborhoods (Atlantic, 2001)

With Material

Memory Serves (1981) The Third Power (1991)

As sideman[edit] With Charles Brackeen

1987 Attainment (Silkheart) 1987 Worshippers Come Nigh
Worshippers Come Nigh

With Rhys Chatham

1984 Factor X 1987 Die Donnergötter (The Thundergods)

With Carlos Garnett

1975 Let This Melody Ring On
Let This Melody Ring On
(Muse) 1977 Fire

With Corey Harris

2002 Downhome Sophisticate 2005 Daily Bread

With Craig Harris

1985 Tributes
(OTC) 1999 Cold Sweat Plays J. B.
Cold Sweat Plays J. B.

With David Murray

Flowers for Albert: The Complete Concert (India Navigation, 1976) Ming (Black Saint, 1980) Home (Black Saint, 1981) Live at Sweet Basil Volume 1 (Black Saint, 1984) Live at Sweet Basil Volume 2 (Black Saint, 1984) The Tip (DIW, 1995) Jug-A-Lug (DIW, 1995)

With Nas

1994 Illmatic 2002 God's Son 2004 Bridging the Gap 2004 Street's Disciple

With Jamaaladeen Tacuma

1983 Show Stopper 1984 Renaissance Man

With Henry Threadgill

1982 When Was That? 1983 Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket

With James Blood Ulmer

Are You Glad to Be in America?
Are You Glad to Be in America?
(1980) Free Lancing
Free Lancing
(1981) No Escape from the Blues: The Electric Lady Sessions (2003)

With Cassandra Wilson

1987 Days Aweigh
Days Aweigh
(JMT) 1993 Blue Light 'Til Dawn 1999 Traveling Miles 2002 Belly of the Sun

With others

1970 Journey to Air, Terumasa Hino 1970 Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring?, Jack McDuff 1973 Ethnic Expressions, Roy Brooks 1973 Revelation, Doug Carn 1975 Heavy Spirits, Oliver Lake 1977 Endangered Species, Hamiet Bluiett 1978 Live at Moers Festival, Phillip Wilson 1980 Flat-Out Jump Suite, Julius Hemphill 1982 Flying Out, Cecil McBee 1982 Nots, Elliott Sharp 1983 Nona, Nona Hendryx 1985 The African Flower, James Newton 1985 The Sixth Sense, Don Pullen 1993 Deconstruction: Celluloid Recordings, Bill Laswell 1997 KC After Dark, Kansas City Band 1998 Empire Box, Tim Berne 1998 You Don't Know My Mind, Guy Davis 2002 Medicated Magic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band 2002 Trance Atlantic (Boom Bop II), Jean-Paul Bourelly 2003 Chinatown, The Be Good Tanyas 2007 The Harlem Experiment, The Harlem Experiment 2007 This Is Where You Wanna Be, The Brawner Brothers[5]


^ a b Dara, Olu (Winter 1998). "Olu Dara". Bomb (Interview) (62). Interview with Tracie Morris – via bombsite.com.  ^ "Nas' Interactive Family Tree". Finding Your Roots. PBS. 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2017-03-09.  ^ a b Kelsey, Chris. "Olu Dara". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2017.  ^ a b c Dreisinger, Baz (5 December 2004). " Nas
and His Dad's Jazz". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 October 2017.  ^ " Olu Dara Credits AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 

External links[edit]

Olu Dara on IMDb

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 69124718 LCCN: nr91032716 ISNI: 0000 0000 8391 6524 GND: 134797655 SUDOC: 160319692 BNF: cb13987752n (data) MusicBrainz: c6a841d8-78d4-4b76-afa0-b848afaf5