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Noble Jolley: 1955-2003
Noble Jolley
Guitar, composer, teacher

Born: 1955 in Washington, DC
Died: May 6, 2003 in Washington, DC

Guitarist and teacher in DC area

Copyright © 2003 


Noble Levi Jolley Sr was a guitarist, composer, and music educator, and was also an apostolic minister. He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Washington, and the jazz studies program at Howard University.

He studied guitar with Bill Harris, and won the Kenny Burrell Guitar Competition. He also played banjo, mandolin, sitar and piano. He performed both with his sons and other musicians in the DC area.

He composed a number of works on religious themes, and also wrote for television and the stage.

He directed the jazz band of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in the 1980s, and taught guitar, music theory and music appreciation in colleges, schools, and pre-schools in the Washington area.

His survivors include his wife, Denise Bossard Jolley, three daughters, Rashida, Vivian and Christina; twin sons, Noble Jr. and Nathan; and twin stepsons he adopted, Vincent and Victor Hopkins; a brother, and nine grandchildren.

JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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