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Slang Sanctuary Records

Slang Sanctuary Records

Brian Jones was born February 5, 1973 in Pittsburgh, PA. While in high school, he studied jazz drumming with professors at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. Jones attended the University of Richmond from 1991-1995. While at U of R, Jones studied drum set and percussion with Howard Curtis and performed with the school’s different jazz ensembles. He also began performing with some of Virginia’s finest musicians, including John D’earth, Glenn Wilson, Mike Davison, Steve Kessler, and Clarence Seay. Jones graduated from the University of Richmond in Spring 1995 with a B.A. in History. From 1995-2000 Jones played drums, wrote songs, and shared singing duties with RCA recording artists Agents of Good Roots. During the band’s five-year career, they released 6 CDs and played 200+ shows a year, sharing the stage with the Dave Matthews Band, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Blues Traveler, and Widespread Panic. As a session drummer, Jones has recorded with various independent artists including Erin McKeown (Grand, Nettwerk) and Chris Keup (The Subject of Some Regret, Grantham Dispatch), as well Old School Freight Train, Slaid Cleaves, and Johnathan Rice. He has also recorded with major label artists Jason Mraz (Waiting For My Rocket To Come, Elektra), Rachael Yamagata (Happenstance, RCA), Liz Phair and Mandy Moore. In 2006, Jones worked with Boyd Tinsley (of the Dave Matthews Band) on the Wimbledon theme song and recently, one of Jones’ compositions was featured in a NASCAR commercial that ran during the 2007 season. Jones performs throughout Virginia in many settings, often with his own ensembles playing various styles of jazz, improvisation, and new music.

Jones started Slang Sanctuary Records in 1999 as a limited edition record label focusing on creative music. Since 1999, Slang Sanctuary has released over twenty CDs, including: Jones + Kuhl - Bluebook, Mao Amore - Mao Amore, Boots of Leather - Foil, Brian Jones Quintet - Spellcanon, Brian Jones (Guitar) Quartet - Lux and the Brian Jones Double Quartet - Fivefinger. Jones has been involved in presenting two annual musical events in Richmond, VA: The Mingus Awareness Project and the John Cage MUSICIRCUS. Recently, Jones has been working on two projects for kids: Broken Record Club, a children's hip-hop EP and an original live jazz score to 5 classic MGM Tom and Jerry cartoons.  In 2009, Style Weekly named Jones one of the top 40 under 40 in Richmond, VA. 

Jones has accompanied numerous jazz musicians including Randy Brecker, Mark Turner, Houston Person, Rene Marie, Karryn Allison, Terell Stafford, Rich Perry, Chuck Redd, John Abercrombie, Gary Thomas, Doug Richards, John Toomey, Jimmy Masters, Bob Hallahan, Rex Richardson, Skip Gailes, Sean Moran, Adam Larrabee, John Winn, J.C. Kuhl, Daniel Clarke, and Randall Pharr.

Jones has worked with various avant-garde performers including Jandek, Andrew D'Angelo, Daniel Levin, Ken Vandermark, Darius Jones, Steven Bernstein, and Fight the Big Bull.

Since 2001, Jones has taught drum set and percussion extensively in the Richmond community. Currently, he is on faculty at the University of Richmond and the College of William and Mary.  Jones is also a MA/PhD student in the American Studies Program at the College of William and Mary.  His research areas include jazz and politics, Miles Davis' life and work during the Bitches Brew period, and Sun Ra/Afrofuturism.  He lives in Richmond, VA with his wife Caroline, and children Ella, Iris, and Levi.