Chris Jones is a double and electric bassist currently residing in the South West. Chris studied jazz at the University of Exeter and the Birmingham Conservatoire where he had the privilege of studying and playing with some great musicians such as John Taylor, Stan Sulzmann, Mark Hodgson, Dave Holland, Hans Koller and Arnie Somogyi.
Inspired by his parent’s records Chris developed a passion for music at a young age picking up piano and guitar whilst in school, “Dad listened to blues and motown and Mum liked The Cure and Madness so I was exposed to a wide range of music from the start.” It was after hearing John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’ Chris fell in love with jazz and double bass, “I came to bass playing quite late, I was 19 and I didn’t know musically where I was going, I had messed around on loads of different instruments but never felt comfortable on any of them and then I heard ‘Giant Steps’ for the first time and was spellbound, a bass player friend gave me his double bass to try and that was it, I was sold!”
Chris has been working as a session musician over the last few years performing in a variety of situations including theatre, studio work, orchestral work and functions. Chris is also a composer and has written for string quartets, jazz enembles and big bands. His work also includes a varied portfolio of electronica and elecro-acoustic compositions, working with instruments, soundscapes and poetry.
Last year Chris toured extensively with the Bristol based dynamic, violin led quintet The People’s String Foundation and Cornish acoustic singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph which saw Chris take to stages all over the UK and Ireland including Glastonbury, Beach Break and Body and Soul Festivals.
This year Chris has already been busy touring with Jack Wallen, The People’s String Foundation and Ruarri Joseph as well as working on his own solo recording. “Jack, Ruarri and the People’s String Foundation all have albums coming out this year that I’ve been lucky enough to be on so I’m looking forward to getting on the road and showing off all this great music.”