Jazz drum set
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Brian Jones is an adjunct professor of jazz percussion at VCU. He has been a fixture on the Richmond music scene for years and was a student of former VCU drum instructor Howard Curtis. Jones has been teaching for a number of years in the area, maintaining a private-student roster of 30 to 50 students from beginner to advanced skill levels.
As a session drummer, Jones has recorded with such artists as Jason Mraz (“Waiting for My Rocket To Come,” Elektra, certified platinum 2005), Erin McKeown (“Grand,” Network), Rachel Yamagata (“Happenstance,” RCA), Mandy Moore (“Wild Hope”), Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band (“The Ghosts of Wimbledon”), Chris Keup (“The Subject of Some Regret,” Grantham Dispatch), Tanakh (“Dieu Devil,” Alien 8 Recordings), John Alagia, Josh Kelley, Graham Colton, Trevor Hall, Jonathan Rice, Jess Klein, Jonathan Spottiswoode, Samatha Stollenwerck, Felix McTeigue, Old School Freight Train, Tim Blane, Carter Wood, Amy Correia and Meg Allison.
Jones was president and founding member of the national touring and recording act, Agents of Good Roots. From 1995-01 he served as principal songwriter, singer and drummer, while on the business side managing bookings, the Web site, merchandise, accounting, payroll and the operating budget. They recorded and released six albums, including recordings on RCA Records. The band performed an average of 200 shows per year, sharing the stage with the Dave Matthews Band; Medeski, Martin and Wood; Blues Traveler; and Widespread Panic.
From 1997-00 Jones was an RCA recording artist. He recorded “One By One,” produced by Paul Fox (Los Angeles, Calif.) and “Needle and Thread,” produced by Steve Fisk (Seattle, Wash.). He formed the independent record labels Conflict Records and Slang Sanctuary and composed original music for “Shoe Change,” a NASCAR commercial that aired nationally in February 2007.
Jones has composed, recorded and released more than 15 independent albums including Jones + Kuhl, “Momentum,” “Bluebook,” and “Snakeform”; Mao Amore, “Mao Amore”; Boots of Leather, “Foil, “Rich Man Poor Man,” “Them Against Them,” and “Night Returns With A Gallup”; Brian Jones Quintet, “Spellcanon”; Brian Jones Wurlitzer Trio, “Drug Piano”; Brian Jones Double Quartet, “Fivefinger”; Brian Jones, “Clockhorse”; Jones + Curtis, “Chronotope”; Brian Jones Quartet, “Grain”; Jones + Killalea, “Sea”; and Jones + McCavitt, “Honey Comb.” He has accompanied international recording artists Rex Richardson, Andrew D’angelo, Jandek, Phil Wiggins, Glenn Wilson, John D’earth and René Marie.
Style Weekly reviewed four of Jones’ 2007 CDs, “Lux,” “Rich Man, Poor Man,” “Snakeform,” and “Duo,” noting that his projects “snap together the most creative local players with recombinant Lego logic.” VCU alum guitarist Trey Pollard and bassist Matt Hall are heard on “Lux,” alum pianist Daniel Clarke on “Rich Man, Poor Man” saxophone professor J.C. Kuhl on “Snakeform,” and former drum professor Howard Curtis on “Duo.”
Awards to Jones’ credit include the ASCAP Plus Award for Professional Musicians (2006), the Roy Jesson Music Prize from the University of Richmond (2001) and his original artwork, “Odd Twin,” was selected for the Think Small/International Miniature Invitational Exhibition, Artspace (2001).
He endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Ayotte Drums.
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