August 5, 2020

A Tribute to Helen Jones Woods, Famous Trombonist and Mother of Cathy Hughes

Listen to the tribute for Helen Jones Woods as heard on the Donnie Simpson Show with Tony Perkins [above] from Majic 102.3/92.7.

Helen Jones Woods, who played trombone with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a history-making all-female big band that toured widely during World War II, died of COVID-19 on July 25 in Sarasota, Fla. She was 96.

Her daughter Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of the broadcast media company Urban One, confirmed the details of her death to NPR and the New York Times.

Condolences to Cathy Hughes, and other family members, and friends of Mrs. Helen Jones Woods.

Mrs. Woods lived a fascinating and extraordinary life. Read more from the obituaries published in the New York Times and at the NPR website.

A 2011 panel discussion of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm at the Smithsonian, co-moderated by her daughter Cathy Hughes.

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