Vince Jones

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Vince Jones
Jones in concert, October 2006
Background information
Birth nameVincent Hugh Jones
Born (1954-03-24) 24 March 1954 (age 67)
Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom
OriginWollongong, New South Wales, Australia
InstrumentsVoice, flugelhorn, trumpet, flumpet[1]
Years active1974–present

Vincent Hugh Jones (born 24 March 1954) is an Australian jazz singer, songwriter, and trumpet, flugelhorn and flumpet player. His music includes both original material and new contemporary versions of jazz standards. His themes are often love, inequity, injustice, peace and anti-greed.


Vincent Hugh Jones was born on 24 March 1954 in Paisley, Scotland.[2] He is the second eldest of four children to John Jones and Mary (née Docherty); the family moved to Australia in April 1964 and lived in Wollongong;[3][4] where Jones attended Corrimal High School.[5] He attributes his love of jazz to hearing Miles Davis's album Sketches of Spain, when he was about 14 and taught himself to play the trumpet. Jones began his career in 1974 in New South Wales as a bebop trumpet player on the club and jazz circuit.[2]

In November 1981 Jones recorded his debut album, Watch What Happens, with John Bye producing at Richmond Recorders in Melbourne.[6][7] Adrian Jackson of Jazz magazine touted Jones as the "new Melbourne jazz star" in June 1982.[8]

In 1994, he contributed "A Song for You" for Kate Ceberanos 1994 album, Kate Ceberano and Friends.

He has sold more than 200,000 albums worldwide and still tours and performs regularly.

Currently he is living on the south coast of New South Wales, on the edge of the Royal National Park, and he teaches part-time at the Canberra School of Music, Australian National University.

On 25 May 2011, Vince appeared as a contestant in Episode #7.4 of music quiz show Spicks and Specks.



Name Album details Peak chart positions Certification
Watch What Happens
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: EMI Music
  • Format: LP, Cassette
For All Colours
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Suitable Management, EMI
  • Format: LP, Cassette
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: John Bye Productions, EMI
  • Format: LP, Cassette
On the Brink of It
  • Released: November 1985
  • Label: Suitable Management, EMI
  • Format: CD, LP
Tell Me a Secret
  • Released: November 1986
  • Label: Suitable Management, EMI
  • Format: CD, LP
It All Ends Up in Tears
  • Released: October 1987
  • Label: Suitable Management, EMI
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette
Trustworthy Little Sweethearts
  • Released: February 1989
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette
Come in Spinner (with Grace Knight)
  • Released: March 1990
  • Label: ABC Records
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette
  • ARIA: 2xPlatinum
One Day Spent
  • Released: August 1990
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette
Future Girl
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD
The Complete
  • Released: 1993 (Germany)
  • Label: Intuition Records
  • Format: CD
  • Best of compilation
Here's To The Miracles
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD
Virtue: The Best of Vince Jones
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD
  • Best of compilation
  • Released: 2003[10]
  • Label: Universal Music Australia
  • Format: CD, Digital Download
  • Live album
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Universal Music Australia
  • Format: 2x CD, Digital Download
  • Best of compilation
Moving Through Taboos
  • Released: 2004[11]
  • Label: Universal Music Australia
  • Format: CD, Digital Download
Modern Folk
  • Released: 2010[12]
  • Label: Vitamin
  • Format: CD, Digital Download
  • Live album
The Monash Sessions
  • Released: 6 June 2014[13]
  • Label: A Jazzhead Recordings
  • Format: CD, Digital Download
Provenance (with Paul Grabowsky)
  • Released: October 2015[14]
  • Label: ABC Jazz
  • Format: CD, Digital Download
A Personal Selection
  • Released: April 2019[15]
  • Label: Vince Jones
  • Format: CD, Digital Download, streaming
Tyneham: No Small Sacrifice (with Jordan Paul Clarke)
  • Released: June 2020[16]
  • Label: Live New Musicals
  • Format: Digital Download, streaming


AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2017[17] Provanance (with Paul Grabowsky) Best Independent Jazz Album Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually. Jones has won three awards from four nominations.[18]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1986 "For All Colours" Most Performed Australian Jazz Work Won
1987 "Blue" Most Performed Australian Jazz Work Won
1993 "Hindered on His Way to Heaven" (with Barney McAll) Jazz Composition of the Year Won
2017 "Still Night" (with Andrea Keller, Stephen Magnusson, Gian Slater and Julien Wilson) Jazz Work of the Year Nominated

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. It commenced in 1987. Jones has won three awards from nine nominations.[19]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Lost to
1987 Tell Me a Secret Best Jazz Album Nominated The George Golla Orchestra - Lush Life
Best Adult Contemporary Album Nominated John Farnham - Whispering Jack
1988 It All Ends Up in Tears Best Jazz Album Won N/A
1990 Trustworthy Little Sweethearts Best Jazz Album Nominated Paul Grabowsky Trio - Six by Three
1991 Come in Spinner (with Grace Knight) Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album Nominated Jon English & David Mackay - Paris
ARIA Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album Won N/A
1993 Future Girl Best Jazz Album Nominated Bernie McGann Trio - Bernie McGann Trio
2014 The Monash Sessions Best Jazz Album Nominated Paul Grabowsky Sextet - The Bitter Suite
2016 Provenance (with Paul Grabowsky) Best Jazz Album Won N/A

Australian Jazz Bell Awards[edit]

The Australian Jazz Bell Awards, also known as the Bell Awards or The Bells, are annual music awards for the jazz music genre in Australia. They commenced in 2003. Jones has been nominated twice.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004 Gold Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
2016 Provenance (with Paul Grabowsky) Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album Nominated


  1. ^ "Provenance". Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Vince Jones | Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Item Details for: A1877, 19 April 1964 Jones J T". NameSearch. National Archives of Australia. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2015. Note: User may have to undertake a new search
  4. ^ "Biography | Vince Jones". Vince Jones Official Website. 2002. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  5. ^ Campbell, David (7 March 2001). Corrimal High School Fiftieth Anniversary (Speech). Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Watch what happens [sound recording] / Vince Jones". Trove. John Bye Productions. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  7. ^ Jones, Vince (2003), Watch what happens, Vince Jones: Universal Music Australia. National Library of Australia, retrieved 12 November 2015
  8. ^ Jackson, Adrian (1982). "Vince Jones: new Melbourne jazz star". Jazz. National Library of Australia. 2 (May–June 1982): 6–8. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  9. ^ Australian chart peaks:
    • Top 100 (Kent Music Report) peaks to 19 June 1988: Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. p. 161. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 12 June 1988.
    • (ARIA) peaks from 1988 to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  10. ^ "Live (DD)". Apple Music. 2003. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Moving Through Taboos (DD)". Apple Music. 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Modern Folk (DD)". Apple Music. 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  13. ^ "The Monash Sessions (DD)". Apple Music. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Provenance (DD)". Apple Music. October 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  15. ^ "A Personal Selection (DD)". Apple Music. April 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Tyneham: NO Small Sacrifice (DD)". Apple Music. June 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  17. ^ "A.B Original dominates 2017 AIR Awards nominations". theindustryobserver. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Vince Jones APRA". APRA Awards (Australia). Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  19. ^ "ARIA Awards Search Results – Vince Jones". ARIA Awards. ARIA Awards. Retrieved 4 August 2020.