photo credit: Greg Vorobiov

Whether supporting musical greats or leading his own band, Darryl Jones rocks a fresh soulful groove

Growing up in a musical family on the south side of Chicago and playing alongside diverse world-class artists has provided profound musical insight and inspiration which can only be heard in the music of Darryl Jones.

 

After several years gigging around the Chicago music scene, Darryl’s international recording and touring career took flight at age 21, with jazz icon Miles Davis. Gigs with Sting, Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Eric Clapton, and others soon followed, and since ‘93 he’s been the bassist for the Rolling Stones. When his schedule permits, he performs with other artists, co-leads a couple of bands, serves the legacy of The Chief with the Miles Electric Band; and in 2017 he debuted The Darryl Jones Project.

 

Besides touring and recording, Darryl keeps busy writing music, including composing the score for an award-winning film. He continues his education, and was selected to participate in the Sundance Institute’s famed Music & Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Ranch in 2017.  He teaches classes and conducts clinics around the world, and in 2014 he founded Jones Musical Instrument Company to craft custom basses and guitars.

Good times at Mempho Music Festival with Chuck Leavell's Stones Throw, here with Bernard Fowler, Lisa Fischer, Tim Ries and Karl Denson. Thanks @rsiorr for the photo. ... See MoreSee Less

5 hours ago

Good times at Mempho Music Festival with Chuck Leavells Stones Throw, here with Bernard Fowler, Lisa Fischer, Tim Ries and Karl Denson. Thanks @rsiorr for the photo.

Happy Birthday Jellyroll. Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe also known as Jelly Roll Morton was a pivotal figure in the early days of jazz. He often bragged that he was the creator of jazz and while there were others that came before him he is one of the first who is credited with creating musical charts for jazz music. Morton was also known to perform in the whorehouses of Storyville, the red light district in New Orleans, as well as a recording artist for the Victor Talking Machine Company and even as a clown in vaudeville.

youtu.be/MkGjDbKauVoThis is the original (not Morricone's ) version of the song, played by the composer himself.
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15 hours ago

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Ray Brown is one of the most solid, swinging, melodic bassists to ever play the instrument. I once heard him play solo in a church in Montreal. I was so moved by his performance of the standard “Mona Lisa” that I went home and bought an acoustic bass. Now I just need to study Mr. Brown’s discography and practice for 60 years. No problem!



When I began playing with Miles Davis I met many of the leading jazz musicians of the 20th century. The Modern Jazz Ouartet was one of the groups I met. At the time Ray Brown was managing them. I stepped into their dressing room to say hello and Ray was standing there. He looked at me and said,” I know you.” I must have a the most puzzled look of my face. I was sure he was mistaking me for someone else but he asked if I was the new bassist with Miles. I said,” Yes, I am.” He said, “You’re uncle told me to look out for you.” I was quite bewildered until he said,” Wesley Landers is your uncle, right?” It was then that I realized he was referring to my father’s childhood friend and drummer at the time with the Dixieland Jazz band. I answered, Oh yes, he is my “uncle.” It was pretty mind-blowing to have one of the premier bassists in the world say he knew who I was before we’d even met. I was floored!



Born in Pittsburg in 1926, Ray Brown was and is considered bass player "royalty". He performed with the greats of the 40s thru the 00s including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Billy Eckstine, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones and Nancy Wilson. He would have been 92 today. Happy Birthday Mr. Ray Brown.



youtu.be/JJo98ybAlFcRay Brown - Bass.... Roy Hargrove - Trumpet.... Jackie McLean - Alto Saxophone..... Joe Henderson - Tenor Saxophone...... JJ Johnson - Trombone...... Kenny B...
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1 week ago

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Thank you Danny Lopez for this great memory, commemorating "Fortress Around Your Heart" at the #1 spot on the Billboard chart week of August 24, 1985.

🎼 "Then let me build a bridge, for I cannot fill the chasm. And let me set the battlements on fire" 🎼

"A Jazzy Pop Rock confection inspired lyrically by his then divorce. Featuring a mighty ensemble backup band that includes Branford Marsalis on saxophone, Kenny Kirkland on keyboards, Darryl Jones bassist on bass guitar & Omar Hakim on drums with ravishing background vocals by Dolette McDonald & Janice Pendarvis. Second release from the immaculate, must own, 3x Platinum LP, The Dream of the Blue Turtles."
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1 week ago

Thank you Danny Lopez for this great memory, commemorating Fortress Around Your Heart at the #1 spot on the Billboard chart week of August 24, 1985. 

🎼 Then let me build a bridge, for I cannot fill the chasm. And let me set the battlements on fire 🎼

A Jazzy Pop Rock confection inspired lyrically by his then divorce. Featuring a mighty ensemble backup band that includes Branford Marsalis on saxophone, Kenny Kirkland on keyboards, Darryl Jones bassist on bass guitar & Omar Hakim on drums with ravishing background vocals by Dolette McDonald & Janice Pendarvis. Second release from the immaculate, must own, 3x Platinum LP, The Dream of the Blue Turtles.
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