Cedar Rapids native Rusty Jones was the former drummer for jazz giants George Shearing and Marian McPartland. Rusty was also was a member of the band that backed-up the legendary trumpeter Chet Baker on a previously unreleased 1986 recording session that is now available as “Chet in Chicago” and featured as KCCK’s
“CD of the Month” for January.
I spoke with Rusty by phone from his home in Chicago about his early years as an
up-and-coming musician in Cedar Rapids and his experiences and recollections from performing with many jazz greats including Chet Baker.
Click here to the hear the interview.