Richard M. Jones, born Richard Marigny Jones, (
13 June 1892 – 8 December 1945) was a jazz pianist, composer,
band leader, and record producer. Numerous songs bear his name as author,
including "Trouble in Mind".
Jones grew up in
. Jones suffered from a stiff leg
and walked with a limp; fellow musicians gave him the nickname "Richard My
Knee Jones" as a pun on his middle name. In his youth he played alto horn
in brass bands. His main instrument, however, became the piano. By 1908 he was
playing in Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans,
Orleans. A few years later, he often led a small band
which sometimes included Joe Oliver. Jones also worked in the bands of John
Robichaux, Armand J. Piron, and Papa Celestin.
In 1918 Jones moved to
He worked as Chicago manager for
publisher Clarence Williams. Jones began recording in 1923, making gramophone
records as a piano soloist, accompanist to vocalists, and with his bands The
Jazz Wizards and The Chicago Cosmopolitans. He recorded for Gennett, OKeh,
Victor, and Paramount Records in the 1920s. He also worked for OKeh Records as Chicago
supervisor of the company's "Race" (African-American) Records for
most of the decade. In the 1930s he played a similar role for Decca.