Darryl Jones

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Darryl Jones
Background information
Also known as The Munch
Born (1961-12-11) December 11, 1961 (age 54)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Jazz, rock and roll, R&B, blues-rock
Occupation(s) Musician, film scorer, actor
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, vocals
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Stone Raiders, Sting, The Dead Daisies
Website darryljones.com
Notable instruments
Fender Jazz Bass
Lakland Darryl Jones Signature Bass

Darryl Jones (born December 11, 1961),[1] also known as "The Munch",[2] is an American musician. Jones began his career in the music programs of the public school system in Chicago. He is known for his role as bassist for the Rolling Stones since Bill Wyman's departure in 1993.


Jones performing with the Miles Davis band, Palais des Congrès, Paris, 1983

Jones was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] As a youth, his father, a drummer, supported his musical interests and began teaching his son to play the xylophone and drums. Darryl saw neighbor Angus Thomas play in an elementary school talent show and decided to switch to bass instead.[1] Jones attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. One musician with whom Jones first played in his studio sessions was the nephew of noted jazz musician Miles Davis, Vince Wilburn Jr. He told Jones that Davis was looking for a new bass player, and vouched for him. Jones called Davis, who gave him his first touring gig,[3] and for some years he was mentored by Davis, having joined his band in 1983. As a young protégé, Jones played bass guitar on the Miles Davis albums Decoy (1984) and You're Under Arrest (1985). Jones has worked with jazz recording artists who include Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Mike Stern, John Scofield, and Steps Ahead, as well as touring pop and rock artists Madonna, Eric Clapton and Joan Armatrading. Jones played on Sting's 1985 debut solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles in 1985 and the live album Bring on the night, in 1986. He also took part in the Michael Apted documentary of the same name filmed in Paris in 1986.

Jones (right) performing with the Rolling Stones in Boston, on June 12, 2013

Jones has performed and recorded with the Rolling Stones since founding bassist Bill Wyman's retirement in 1993, in the manner of fellow touring and recording sidemen for the band, such as the late saxophonist Bobby Keys and keyboardist Chuck Leavell. He is also a member of the Stone Raiders.


  1. ^ a b c Jones, Darryl (2010). "Darryl Jones BIO". Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ Jisi, Chris (Jan–Feb 1995). "Darryl Jones: Like A Rolling Stone". Bass Player Magazine: biography and interview. Bass Player magazine. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ Goldsher, Alan (2009). "Darryl Jones Stone Unturned". Bass Player magazine, New Bay Media. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 


  • Goldsher, Alan (August 2005). "Darryl Jones Stone Unturned". Bass Player
  • Coryat,Karl. (February 2003) "Darryl Jones on Playing with the Rolling Stones, Sting, and Miles Davis – to Name a Few". Bass Player.
  • Jisi, Chris. (January 2000) "Darryl Jones: Like A Rolling Stone". Bass Player.
  • Wissmann, Chris (1996). "Former SIU Student Playing Bass for Rolling Stones". "Nightlife"

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