Darryl Jones war born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. 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. It was magic from then on…
After attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In some of his first studio sessions, Darryl played with the nephew of noted jazz musician Miles Davis, Vince Wilburn Jr. He connected Darryl with Miles, who was looking for a new bass player and gave him his first touring gig. Miles ended up mentoring Darryl for some years, and while he was in the band, Darryl played on the Miles Davis albums Decoy and You’re Under Arrest. 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 Sting, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Eric Clapton and Joan Armatrading.
Since founding bassist Bill Wyman’s retirement in 1993, Jones has performed and recorded with The Rolling Stones. He and his Ampeg rig have seen the world many times over, in his tenure with this world famous band .
We’re very proud to call Darryl an Ampeg artist!