Elvin Ray Jones (September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004) was a jazz drummer. Elvin began playing professionally in the 1940s, working with the Army Special Services program, Operation Happiness, and in 1949 had a short-lived gig in Detroit's Grand River Street club. Eventually he went on to play with artists such as Charlie Parker
, Miles Davis
, and Wardell Gray
. In 1955, after a failed audition for the Benny Goodman band, he found work in New York, joining Charles Mingus
's band, and releasing a record called J is for Jazz.