Darryl Jones

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Darryl Jones
Background information
Born (1961-12-11) 11 December 1961 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresRock, blues-rock, jazz fusion, reggae, Pop
Years active1980–present
Member ofThe Rolling Stones
Formerly of

Darryl Jones (born December 11, 1961) is an American bassist. He has been recording and touring with the Rolling Stones since 1993. He has also played in bands with Miles Davis and Sting, among others.


Darryl Jones was born on December 11 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, on the city's south side.[1] His father was a drummer and his mother frequently listened to soul music on the radio.[2]

When Jones was seven, his father taught him how to play the drums and xylophone.[3][4][1] When he was nine, he saw his neighbour Angus Thomas playing bass in a school talent show, which inspired him to switch to bass.[5][6] He began studying under Thomas,[3][5] Within a year, he performed with his brother at the next school talent show.[7] His mother would drive him to gigs.[2] After completing the music course at Chicago Vocational High School at 17, Jones started playing on Chicago music scene, playing alongside Vincent Wilburn Jr., Matthew Rose, and Perry Wilson. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale.[5]

In 1985, he became a member of Sting's first solo band with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, and Omar Hakim.[8] With Sting he recorded the albums Dream of the Blue Turtles and Bring On the Night, and featured in the documentary of the band's formation and touring, also titled Bring On the Night.

Keith Richards and Jones performing onstage with the Rolling Stones, July 6, 2013

In 1993, Jones auditioned to join the Rolling Stones after bassist Bill Wyman retired.[2] He succeeded, touring with them in 1994. Jones has toured and recorded with the band since then.[9]

He is working on a documentary about himself with Eric Hamburg.[10]


With The Rolling Stones[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jisi, Chris (January 1995). "Darryl Jones: Like A Rolling Stone". Bass Player. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Knopper, Steve (March 8, 2008). "Darryl Jones, this time around, gets to play bass his own way". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Behr, Felix (August 10, 2020). "Darryl Jones Was The Rolling Stones' Forgotten Bassist. Here's What We Know About Him". Grunge.com. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Chun, Rene (December 28, 1994). "AT LUNCH WITH DARRYL JONES; Complete Unknown And Rolling Stone". The New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c Stokes, Robbie (September 12, 2019). "Robbie Stokes: A tale of 2 great bassists, who came up in the '80s Carbondale scene". The Southern. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  6. ^ Goldsher, Alan (July 2005). "Darryl Jones Stone Unturned". Bass Player. Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  7. ^ Jones, Darryl. "Biography". darryljones.com. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  8. ^ Wawzenek, Bryan (March 18, 2016). "When the Rolling Stones Got a New Bass Player". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  9. ^ "Darryl Jones: The unknown Stone". BBC News. BBC. November 30, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  10. ^ McIver, Joel (July 3, 2020). "Darryl Jones: "The Rolling Stones are pretty cool about letting me play what I want - they trust that I'll find the essence of the songs"". Bass Player. Guitar World. Retrieved August 23, 2021.

Further reading[edit]

  • Wissmann, Chris (1996). "Former SIU Student Playing Bass for Rolling Stones". "Nightlife"

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