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December 11, 1961 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, rock|
|Associated acts||The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Sting, Stone Raiders|
Jones was born in Chicago, Illinois. His father, a drummer, taught him drums and xylophone. When Jones saw a neighbor playing bass in a school talent show, he switched to bass. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
He started his music career as a studio musician in New York City, playing often with Vince Wilburn, Jr., the nephew of Miles Davis. When Wilburn told him Davis was looking for a bass player, he called Davis and eventually went on tour with him in 1983. Jones recorded on Davis's albums Decoy (1984) and You're Under Arrest (1985).
In 1985 he became a member of Sting's band with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, and Omar Hakim. With Sting he recorded the album Dream of the Blue Turtles, the live album Bring on the Night, and appeared in the documentary of the same name about the band's formation and tour.
Jones also played in Peter Gabriel's band during the 1988 Human Rights Now! Tour performances.
Jones became a touring member of the Rolling Stones in 1993 after bassist Bill Wyman retired. Jones has toured with the band several times and appeared on the albums Voodoo Lounge (1994), Stripped (1995), Bridges to Babylon (1997), No Security (1998), A Bigger Bang and Blue & Lonesome (2016).
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