Darryl Jones

Darryl Jones
Darryl Jones
Background information
Also known as The Munch
Born 11 December 1961 (1961-12-11) (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Genres Jazz, rock and roll, R&B, progressive jazz, pop rock
Occupations Musician, film scorer, actor
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar
Years active 1980-present
Associated acts The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis,
Website darryljones.com
Notable instruments
Fender Jazz Bass
Lakland Darryl Jones Signature Bass

Darryl Jones (born December 11, 1961),[1] also known as "The Munch",[2] is an American bass guitarist. Jones began his notable career as a session musician, where he gained the experience and confidence to play with some of the most highly regarded recording artists, in jazz, blues, and rock music. Most recently, he has been best known in his role as primary bassist for The Rolling Stones since Bill Wyman's departure in 1993.



Jones was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] As a youth, his father, a drummer, supported his musical interests and initially taught his son to play the guitar. A neighbor who was a bassist convinced Darryl to switch to playing the bass instead.[1] Jones attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. One musician that Jones first played with in his studio sessions was the nephew of noted jazz musician Miles Davis, Vince Wilburn Jr. He told Jones that Davis was looking for a new bass player, and vouched for him. Jones called Davis, who gave him his first touring gig,[3] and for some years he was mentored by Davis, having joined his band in 1983. As a young protege, Jones played bass guitar on the Miles Davis albums Decoy (1984) and You're Under Arrest (1985). 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 Cher, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Eric Clapton and Joan Armatrading.

Jones performing with the Miles Davis band, Palais des Congrès, Paris, 1983

Jones has performed and recorded with The Rolling Stones since founding bassist Bill Wyman's retirement in 1993. In the manner of other tour and recording sidemen for the band, such as saxophonist Bobby Keys and keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Jones' stage movement and audience interaction is low-key and he generally wears understated apparel on stage. He is a salaried employee and does not share financial participation in the band's worldwide publishing, recording and concert touring revenues.


  1. ^ a b c Jones, Darryl (2010). "Darryl Jones BIO". http://www.darryljones.com/home/frameset_one.htm. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Jisi, Chris (Jan/Feb 1995). "Darryl Jones: Like A Rolling Stone". Bass Player Magazine: biography and interview. Bass Player magazine. http://www.abasses.com/darryljones/bassplayer.htm. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Goldsher, Alan (2009). "Darryl Jones Stone Unturned". Bass Player magazine, New Bay Media. http://www.bassplayer.com/article/darryl-jones-stone/jul-05/11380. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 


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