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Olu Dara Jones

American Cornetist, Guitarist, and Singer

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Olu Dara Jones Biography

Olu Dara (born Charles Jones III in Louisville, Mississippi on January, 13, 1941) is an American trumpeter, cornetist, guitarist and singer. He first became known as a jazz musician, playing alongside avant-garde musicians such as David Murray and Henry Threadgill.

With his first album under his own name, 1998's In the World: From Natchez to New York, Dara 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. Neighborhoods, with guest appearances by Dr John and Cassandra Wilson, followed in a similar vein in 2001.

Rapper Nas (Nasir Jones) is Dara's son. He encouraged his father to record the music he was playing with his band, and guested on a track on In the World. Dara played the cornet on the track "Life's A Bitch" from Nas's debut album Illmatic in 1994. In 2004, his vocals and trumpet were featured on Nas's single "Bridging the Gap", from his album Street's Disciple.

He was given the name "Olu Dara" by a Yoruba priest when he returned to America. He has traveled throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

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  • Nas and his dad’s jazz

    It’s midnight and Nas is out of patience. Hunched over his glass of Patron in the dim bar of a Manhattan hotel, the renowned rapper has been asked to explicate what he calls the greatest song he’s ever written: “Bridging the Gap,” a genre-bending collaboration with his father, jazz trumpeter Olu Dara.

  • Free-Jazz Legend Olu Dara on His Son, Nas

    The jazz cornetist Olu Dara has been playing music professionally for nearly four decades, but chances are you know him from the 2004 Nas ...

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Olu Dara Jones?

    Booking fees for Olu Dara Jones, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Olu Dara Jones, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Olu Dara Jones?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Olu Dara Jones for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Olu Dara Jones for your next private or corporate function.
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American Cornetist, Guitarist, and Singer

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Olu Dara Jones Biography

Olu Dara (born Charles Jones III in Louisville, Mississippi on January, 13, 1941) is an American trumpeter, cornetist, guitarist and singer. He first became known as a jazz musician, playing alongside avant-garde musicians such as David Murray and Henry Threadgill.

With his first album under his own name, 1998's In the World: From Natchez to New York, Dara 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. Neighborhoods, with guest appearances by Dr John and Cassandra Wilson, followed in a similar vein in 2001.

Rapper Nas (Nasir Jones) is Dara's son. He encouraged his father to record the music he was playing with his band, and guested on a track on In the World. Dara played the cornet on the track "Life's A Bitch" from Nas's debut album Illmatic in 1994. In 2004, his vocals and trumpet were featured on Nas's single "Bridging the Gap", from his album Street's Disciple.

He was given the name "Olu Dara" by a Yoruba priest when he returned to America. He has traveled throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Olu Dara Jones Videos

  • Nas - Bridging the Gap (Video) ft. Olu Dara
    Official music video for "Bridging the Gap" by Nas Chorus: See I come from Mississippi I was young and runnin' wild (Uh huh) Ended up in New...
  • Olu Dara (Nas' Father) Talks About His Children
    Stay tuned for part 2!Thisis50 & Young Jack Thriller recently spoke with Olu Dara for an exclusive interview. Olu talks about playing guitar ...

FAQs on booking Olu Dara Jones

  • How to book Olu Dara Jones?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Olu Dara Jones for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Olu Dara Jones, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Olu Dara Jones or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Olu Dara Jones?

    Booking fees for Olu Dara Jones, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Olu Dara Jones, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Olu Dara Jones?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Olu Dara Jones for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Olu Dara Jones for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Olu Dara Jones or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Olu Dara Jones or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Olu Dara Jones is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Olu Dara Jones for your event is available upon request. Olu Dara Jones generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Chris Thile, Butterscotch, Tomiko Dixon, Victor Wainwright and Fantastic Negrito. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Olu Dara Jones for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Olu Dara Jones Speaker Videos

  • Nas - Bridging the Gap (Video) ft. Olu Dara
    Official music video for "Bridging the Gap" by Nas Chorus: See I come from Mississippi I was young and runnin' wild (Uh huh) Ended up in New York City (New york) Where I had my first child...
    Olu Dara (Nas' Father) Talks About His Children
    Stay tuned for part 2!Thisis50 & Young Jack Thriller recently spoke with Olu Dara for an exclusive interview. Olu talks about playing guitar ...

Olu Dara Jones News

  • Nas and his dad’s jazz

    It’s midnight and Nas is out of patience. Hunched over his glass of Patron in the dim bar of a Manhattan hotel, the renowned rapper has been asked to explicate what he calls the greatest song he’s ever written: “Bridging the Gap,” a genre-bending collaboration with his father, jazz trumpeter Olu Dara.

  • Free-Jazz Legend Olu Dara on His Son, Nas

    The jazz cornetist Olu Dara has been playing music professionally for nearly four decades, but chances are you know him from the 2004 Nas ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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