Edna Manley College remembers Drummer Desi Jones

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts is mourning the loss of sensational drummer and musician extraordinaire, Desmond “Desi” Jack Jones.

In a release the institution hailed Mr. Jones as one whom they considered an institution within their institution. It continued by stating that when the history of drumming in Jamaica is written, Desi Jones will be prominently etched in its voluminous pages.

It read, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts fondly remembers Desi’s contributions to their space. He mentored students, jammed with faculty, and was a positive influence at the institution. His last major musical engagement with the school was the Karen Smith Concert.

As an external examiner and an encouraging presence for over 15 years in the Drum Department of EDNA, he had a personal connection to the College through his son, Joshua, who was a student at the College.

The music industry has lost a gem. Desi was always available for consultations and brainstorming, and in addition to his impact on Jamaican music, he will be remembered as a man of “no conflict,” a musician who trusted in the power of music to connect and liberate.

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts expresses condolences to his son Joshua, his sister Jodie, and his widow Judith.

It ended by stating that Desi will be greatly missed at the college. His music will play on, and his spirit will live forever.


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