Joseph Rudolph (Philly Joe) Jones (July 15, 1923 – August 30, 1985) was a Philadelphia-born United States jazz drummer, known as the drummer for the Miles Davis Quintet.
Philly Joe Jones was often confused with another influential jazz drummer, Jo Jones. The two died only a few days apart from each other.
In 1947 he became the house drummer at Café Society in New York City, where he played with the leading bebop players of the day. Among them, the most important influence on Jones was Tadd Dameron. Jones toured and recorded with Miles Davis Quintet from 1955 to 1958 – a band that became known as "The Quintet". Miles acknowledged that Jones was his favorite drummer (in fact, in his autobiography, Davis admitted to asking other drummers to play that "Philly Joe lick", with mixed results). He organized the Davis Quintet in 1955 so that Jones and Davis would not have difficulties finding competent local musicians to play with them.
From 1958 onwards Jones worked as a leader, but continued to work as a sideman with other musicians, including Bill Evans and Hank Mobley. Evans also openly admitted that Philly Joe was his all-time favorite drummer. For two years (1967–69) he taught at a specially organised school in Hampstead, London, but was prevented from otherwise working in the UK by the Musicians' Union.
From 1981 he helped to found the group Dameronia, dedicated to the music of the composer Tadd Dameron, and led it until his death. He also played in 2 movies
Joseph Rudolph Jones, más conocido como Philly Joe Jones, fue un baterista estadounidense de jazz. Nacido en Filadelfia, Estados Unidos el mote "Philly" (el diminutivo de Filadelfia) se lo pusieron para distinguirle de otro baterista de jazz, Papa Jo Jones, ya consolidado como el baterista de Count Basie.
Formó parte del primer quinteto de Miles Davis.
Además de su trabajo con el quinteto de Miles Davis de 1955 a 1958,3 Jones también grabó con otros músicos relevantes de la época, y aparece en grabaciones históricas como Tenor Madness (1956) y Newk's Time (1957) de Sonny Rollins y Blue Train (1957) de John Coltrane.
A partir de 1958, lideró sus propias bandas y trabajó como sideman de músicos como Bill Evans, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard y Dexter Gordon.
De 1981 hasta su muerte en 1985, lideró el grupo Dameronia, dedicado a la música de Tadd Dameron.