Victor Jones Story
about Victor Jones
|Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1954, Victor Jones started his musical
journey playing trumpet in the symphonic orchestra of the Elmwood
Elementary School in East Orange. After 10 years of studying the
instrument, he developed an intense interest in the drums as a result
of seeing the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Jones continued his trumpet playing, the drums became his real passion.
As a teenager, he won several awards for outstanding musicianship, and
in 1975, was discovered by Lou Donaldson. This led to a string of
prestigious gigs, incliding two years with Donaldson's outfit and then
a stint with Stan Getz's band. Touring with Getz introudeced Jones to
an international audience, and he has since toured and recorded with a
multitude of renown artists, such as james Moody, Woody Shaw, Freddie
Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, Phyllis Hyman, Stanley Turrentine, Masabumi
Kikuchi, Michel Pettruciani, Dizzy Gillespie and Chaka Khan. For the
last two years, he has been touring wit the world famous Jimmy Scott.
|Between his tours with other artists, Jones has formed his own group,
The Victor Jones R&B Bop Band, which has performed extensively
throughout the United States and Japan. In 1995, he issued his first
release under his own name on New Frontier Records. Created through the
union of music and the visual art of Tom Reyes, "Visible Sound Groove"
was inspired by a current musical direction in New York known as Acid
"Visible Sound Groove"
boasts a distinguished lineup of session players assembled by Jones
himself, including guitarist Barry Finnerty, saxophonist Alex Foster,
trombonist Conrad Herwig, and vibraphonist Joe Locke. "I always try to
stay in touch with new trends in music. Jazz runs the risk of losing
its creative edge by focusing on artists who are reproducing music that
was perfected before they were born", states Jones.
playing as a sideman on over 100 releases and on film and production
work, Victor Jones is now emerging as a new breed of band leader. He is
currently working on material for his next release.
Last Update 2008-03-25 | Copyright© Victor Jones 2008 |