While in high school, Jones studied jazz drumming with professors at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. He attended the University of Richmond from 1991-1995. While at U of R, Jones studied drum set and percussion with Howard Curtis and performed with the school’s different jazz ensembles. He also began performing with some of Virginia’s finest musicians, including John D’earth, Glenn Wilson, Mike Davison, Steve Kessler, and Clarence Seay. Jones graduated from U of R in spring 1995 with a B.A. in History.
From 1995-2000 Brian Jones played drums, wrote songs, and shared singing duties with RCA recording artists Agents of Good Roots. During the band’s five-year career, they released 6 CDs and played 200+ shows a year, sharing the stage with the Dave Matthews Band, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Blues Traveler, and Widespread Panic.
As a session drummer, Jones has recorded with various independent artists including Erin McKeown (Grand, Nettwerk) and Chris Keup (The Subject of Some Regret, Grantham Dispatch), as well as major label artists Jason Mraz (Waiting For My Rocket To Come, Elektra) and Rachel Yamagata (Happenstance, RCA). He has worked with Boyd Tinsley (of the Dave Matthews Band) on the 2006 Wimbledon theme song and just finished recording with pop singer/actress Mandy Moore. Recently, one of Jones’ compositions was featured in a NASCAR commercial that ran during the 2007 season.
Areas of Specialization
Since 2001, Brian Jones has taught drum set and percussion extensively in the Richmond community. Currently, he is on faculty at the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, the College of William and Mary, and the Collegiate School.
Jones performs locally in many settings, often with his own ensembles playing various styles of jazz and new music. Jones started Slang Sanctuary Records in 1999 as a limited edition record label focusing on creative music. Since 1999 Slang Sanctuary has released fourteen CDs, including: Jones + Kuhl Bluebook, Mao Amore Mao Amore, Boots of Leather Foil, Brian Jones Quintet Spellcanon, Brian Jones (Guitar) Quartet Lux and the Brian Jones Double Quartet Fivefinger. He currently lives in Richmond, VA with his wife Caroline and daughters Ella and Iris. For more information on purchasing CDs on the Slang Sanctuary record label, please go to Brian Jones-Slang Sanctuary Records.