Groove – Episode #95: Darryl Jones

Darryl Jones

Photo: Darryl Jones

If you get the chance to watch the brand new documentary, Darryl Jones: In The Blood, there is a story about how Darryl landed the gig as the bass player for The Rolling Stones, which is that the band loved the idea of having a bass player who had played with Miles Davis.

Now, if you think that’s impressive, just take a listen to this show about how he landed the gig with Miles Davis.

Darryl grew up in a musical family on the south side of Chicago. 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 (Bring On The Night), Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Eric Clapton, and others soon followed, and since 1993, 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 Instruments to craft custom basses and guitars.

Darryl is a national electric bass treasure, and he deserves to have this documentary made about his incredible journey.

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