Chris Jones is a double and electric bassist currently residing in Bristol, UK. 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!”
Since moving to Bristol, Chris has become an in demand musician playing the stages of some the most revered jazz festivals in the UK and Europe with jazz/R’n’B crossover band, We Are Leif, 4 horn “punk jazz powerhouse” Dakhla, and contemporary improvisation meets hip hop heavyweights Jade.
He has toured with the likes of Nashville rock quintet The Delta Saints, Magpie Salute and former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford, song-smith Ruarri Joseph and violin-led 5 piece The People’s String Foundation.
2018 saw Chris on multiple recording sessions and a newly established home studio has allowed Chris’s name to appear on the credits for several releases this year including We Are Leif’s debut album, ‘Breathe’, swing heavyweights Paper Moon’s latest album, ‘The Lost Verses’ and Bristol jazz stalwart Andy Hague’s soon to be released sixth studio album.