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Biography

Guitarist, Songwriter, Charles E. Jones is a self-taught musician and a Seattle Washington native. At an early age he experimented with different instruments, but it wasn’t until his older brother Maurice Jones Jr, a principal music engineer at “Very Juicy Records,” was called for military duty and left his guitars for Charles to watch over. That was when his love for the guitar was born.

Charles E. Jones“I remember as a kid listening to records that my parents would play when they gave parties at the house. Artists like B.B.King, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and many more great musicians. So that’s where the influences started to absorb into my subconscious. I would learn the songs and go to my Dad’s Barber Shop on Fridays when it was packed. We’d dance and play along with the jukebox songs that I learned on the guitar. People loved it, and I knew then that something good was happening.”

Later on in years and after private lessons,Charles also studied under the musical guidance of Garfield High School’s Clarence Acox & John Moore (both Southern University music majors), Charles started playing in Funk/R&B bands. He took an opportunity to tour Canada with“Saxman” Frank “Wildman” Roberts along with brothers Sylvester Jones on drums & percussions and Maurice Jones on Bass & Vocals, that led him to backup classic acts like: “The Platters,” “The Ink Spots,” and “The Drifters.”

After the Tour had ended, Charles went on to tour the Philippines, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York and sharing stages with stars like Stephanie Mills, Nancy Wilson, Peter Tosh Tower of Power; at the same time, he was exposed to more venues of music. “After returning home I concentrated more on Jazz Music. I went to a jazz concert at the Paramount Northwest. I met and watched George Benson play and that did it for me!”

Charles Jones “2005” Smooth Jazz CD release “Kicked Back” on “Very Juicy Records” (Brother Maurice’s Record Company) turned heads of listeners & Radio Stations nationally. Drawing in customers from as far as the UK, Europe and Japan — to name just a few.

He is also a songwriter on both releases by Tony Gable & 206, former percussionists with the Kenny “G” Band. Charles’ songs “Whisk Away” & “Nu Gruve” were chosen for the National Distributed Compilation CD’s: “Sprit of the Streets” “Rain City Jazz” & “Four.” These Smooth Jazz compilation CD’s include national and local musicians from all around the world. Compilation CD’s plus “Kicked Back” can be viewed in the Discography Section.

Guitar Influences

  • Grant Green
  • Wes Montgomery
  • Barney Kessel
  • George Benson
  • Chet Atkins
  • Earl Klugh
  • Larry Carlton
  • Santana
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