Chicago Native and Rolling Stone Bassist Darryl Jones Returns Home and Brings the Rock and Soul

Coolest of all are Darryl’s Sly Stone-pitched vocals and bouncing bass on “Stay,” his inventive, uplifting nod to Sly’s “If You Want Me to Stay.” In short, style and substance in droves. – Bass Player Magazine
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Darryl Jones has a three-decade long career as a bassist and side man, getting his start with jazz legend Miles Davis at age 21. Always he demand, he next worked with Sting, Herbie Hancock, Madonna; in 1993 he filled the Rolling Stones spot vacated by Bill Wyman where he remains today. Between a rigorous touring and recording schedule, Jones has been quietly exploring his own voice as a writer and band leader. The Darryl Jones Project debuted November 2017 in his native Chicago to a sold-out house. Darryl’s music tells his stories, from his youth growing up on the south side of Chicago, influences from Curtis Mayfield to Led Zeppelin, to the musicians with whom he has shared the stage. You’ll hear brand new music and deep cover selections, with a little help from some veteran player friends, including Darryl on vocals as well as his legendary bass.

Darryl Jones Bass, vocals
Nicholas Tremulis Music Director, guitar, vocals
Sandy Torano Commodores, Edgar Winter
Toby Williams Curtis Mayfield, Henry Threadgill
James Perkins Ramsey Lewis, Elton John
Phil Perkins Ohio Players, Henry Threadgill
"Squeeky" Robinson Albert Collins


Woody Goss of Vulfpeck “Vulfpeck are officially part of the funk A-list.” - Relix

Born on the south side of Chicago, Darryl picked up the electric and later acoustic bass, and within a couple of years, his reputation for loving the function the bass serves and his dedication to the groove got people talking. He started playing in a local band alongside pianist Ken Chaney and guitarist Phil Upchurch, and on occasion, drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr. who turned out to be jazz legend Miles Davis' nephew. Wilburn recommended Darryl to his uncle; at age 21, a try-out in New York was arranged and Darryl promptly landed the gig. Darryl appeared on such '80s-era Davis recordings as 1983's Decoy and 1985's You're Under Arrest. Moving to New York City, he quickly built a name for himself in the local jazz scene where he played and/or recorded alongside his fellow bandmates in Davis' band. When Police frontman Sting embarked on a solo career and picked up the rhythm guitar, he turned to Branford Marsalis for a bass referral, and Marsalis recommended Darryl. Darryl played on the Dream of the Blue Turtles album, appeared in the documentary film Bring on the Night, and the subsequent album and world tour. Always open to new musical experiences, he toured and recorded sessions with Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and more. In 1993, he landed the gig as bassist for the Rolling Stones, replacing longtime member Bill Wyman, appearing on such studio recordings as 1994's Voodoo Lounge and 1997's Bridges to Babylon, as well as numerous tours. Between touring and recording, Darryl guests with other artists like Lee Ann Rimes, Rod Stewart, and co-leader on projects, including Three Brave Souls with John Beasley and Ndugu Chancler. He also performs with Wilburn Jr. in the Miles Electric Band that revisits and renews the musical innovation of the legendary Miles Davis; and the new Chi-Town Social Club, with longtime friends Vince Wilburn, Jr., Nicholas Tremulis (who also serves as Darryl’s music director) and Shawn Christopher (Sonia Dada, Chaka Khan). Darryl also continues his composing work, garnering a Sundance win for Love Jones, and has launched a bass & guitar line.

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