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
Olu Dara was born Charles Jones III in Natchez, Mississippi.
In 1963, he moved to New York City and changed his name to Olu
Dara, which means "God is good" in the Yoruba language. 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.
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
In the World: From Natchez to New York (Atlantic, 1998) Neighborhoods (Atlantic, 2001)
Memory Serves (1981) The Third Power (1991)
As sideman With Charles Brackeen
1987 Attainment (Silkheart)
Worshippers Come Nigh
With Rhys Chatham
1984 Factor X 1987 Die Donnergötter (The Thundergods)
With Carlos Garnett
Let This Melody Ring On
With Corey Harris
2002 Downhome Sophisticate 2005 Daily Bread
With Craig Harris
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)
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?
With Cassandra Wilson
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
^ 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.
^ a b Kelsey, Chris. "Olu Dara". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October
^ a b c Dreisinger, Baz (5 December 2004). "
Olu Dara on IMDb
WorldCat Identities VIAF: 69124718 LCCN: nr91032716 ISNI: 0000 0000 8391 6524 GND: 134797655 SUDOC: 160319692 BNF: cb13987752n (data) MusicBrainz: c6a841d8-78d4-4b76-afa0-b848afaf5