son of "Speedy"

Lebrew Jones' father, a jazz legend. Part of a Times Herald-Record investigative project about a 1989 Manhattan wrongful murder conviction: "I Didn't That Murder" Lebrew
Hall and the Death of Micki Hall.

A day after his release from prison, Lebrew Jones, a man who spent 22 years behind bars for a murder that he, the victim's mother and a growing number of experts insist he didn't commit, accompanied Christine Young, the former Times Herald-Record reporter responsible for Lebrew's early parole, to her son's drum concert at Alto Music in Middletown.

Lebrew's father, Rufus Speedy Jones, was a legendary jazz drummer who played with Maynard Ferguson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and James Brown.

Drum Instructor Larry Lubkert surprised everyone by featuring Jones as a special guest, and invited him to "show his stuff" onstage for the first time in over 2 decades....

Rufus "Speedy" Jones was an American Jazz Drummer from Charleston, South Carolina
Starting out on trumpet, Rufus switched to drums at the age of 13. He got an early start in 1954 with Lionel Hampton before being drafted. While stationed at Fort Jackson, Rufus played in a quintet every Saturday night at the black United Service Organization clubhouse in Columbia. He later played with Henry "Red" Allen, and Maynard Ferguson's Orchestra (1959–1963). He led his own quintet during 1963-1964 (producing a Cameo LP, his only album as a leader). Jones gained fame for his flamboyant work with Count Basie in the mid-1960s and backed that up with Duke Ellington in the latter half of the decade. He notably also appeared with James Brown.
Rufus' son, Lebrew Jones was sentenced in 1989 to 22 years to life for the murder of Michaelanne Hall, a young New York City prostitute. He was released on parole on November 19, 2009 after significant doubts were raised about his guilt..

The Lebrew Jones Case