Darryl Jones

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Darryl Jones
Background information
Born (1961-12-11) 11 December 1961 (age 59)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresRock, blues-rock, jazz fusion, reggae, Pop
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1980–present
Associated actsThe Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Sting, Stone Raiders, The Pussycat Dolls

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

Music career[edit]

Darryl Jones was born on the south side of Chicago into a musical family. 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 immediately began studying, and within a year played his first gig, along with his brother on guitar, at their elementary school. After completing the music program at Chicago Vocational High School at 17, Jones gained entry to the Chicago music scene playing alongside Vincent Wilburn Jr., Matthew Rose, and Perry Wilson. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

He played gigs around Chicago with the likes of Ghallib Ghallab, Otis Clay, Ken Chaney, and Phil Upchurch. At 21, with the help of his longtime friend Vincent Wilburn Jr., the nephew of Miles Davis, Jones landed a gig with the legendary jazz icon, with whom he would play over the next five years. He can be heard on Decoy (1984) and You're Under Arrest (1985), and several live concert albums.

In 1985, he became a member of Sting's first solo 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.

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

Jones toured and recorded sessions with Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters, Madonna, Eric Clapton, and more. During this time Jones also made his mark on the New York electric jazz scene where he played and recorded alongside John Scofield, Hiram Bullock, the Gil Evans Big Band, and Steps Ahead. 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 and recorded with the band since then.

His projects as a co-leader include Stone Raiders with Jean-Paul Bourelly and Will Calhoun, 3 Brave Souls with John Beasley and the late Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, and Chi Town Social Club with Nicholas Tremulis, Vincent Wilburn Jr., and Shawn Christopher.


With The Rolling Stones[edit]


  • Goldsher, Alan (August 2005). "Darryl Jones Stone Unturned". Painter
  • 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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