From the deepest roots of New Orleans R&B and Jazz to cutting edge masterpieces of Rock and Country, Ron Jones has made a bold and lasting mark on the musical landscape.
Multi-talented musician, composer, record producer & promoter, Ron Jones has finally stepped into the spotlight. He’s written songs for Stevie Wonder and Bonnie Raitt, performed & recorded with Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Sarah Mclachlan ,Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Little Richard, Tracy Chapman, The Neville Brothers, and countless others, and produced Louisiana legends such as Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters. Four decades of making timeless music with the greats has led him to this moment.
This year Ron released his debut album and is taking center stage. His warm vocals and smooth, swinging arrangements are the centerpiece of an album of classics including an original composition, the titled track, “Come To New Orleans”. Accompanied by a stellar group of legendary New Orleans players featuring Richard Moten, Kermit Ruffins, Alonzo Bowens, Tracy Griffin, Rockin Dopsi Jr. Marlon Jordan, Corey Henry, Ricky Sebastian, Chuck Chaplin, Charles Moore and Julian Garcia, Jones steps out with confidence and class infused by a lifetime meeting the highest standards of the music world.
On the album and on stage, Ron pays tribute to his deep roots in New Orleans music. His love for and command of the defining works of his hometown blends with his broad musical experience to create a refined approach to classic songs like Fats Domino’s “Hello Josephine”, Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” and Lloyd Price’s “Personality”. His musical skills and soulful voice grace all of the tracks, but when he sings the songs of Fats Domino and Lloyd Price, he is not only paying tribute to his musical heroes, he’s honoring his life-long friends and mentors.
Ron’s father Joe Jones was one of the true legends of Rhythm and Blues, who’s self-penned classic “You Talk Too Much” is still a staple of New Orleans music . In addition Joe Jones launched the careers of The Dixie Cups( Chapel of Love/ Iko Iko ) Aaron Neville( Tell it like it is) &Alvin Shine Robinson ( Something You Got ). Some of Ron’s first piano instruction came from family friend and frequent visitor Fats Domino. As a major bandleader, producer and music impresario, his father’s household was a meeting point for all of the top artists in R&B. There were frequent jam sessions featuring the likes of Lloyd Price, Sam Cooke, B.B. King, Professor Longhair, and James Booker, that introduced Ron to the masters and their music at a very young age.
The elder Jones involvement in all aspects of the music business, from performance to production to promotion, gave Ron a level of direct training and experience that few aspiring musicians could ever dream of having. With these skills he set off into the musical world as a young man playing for one of the greatest and most dynamic performers the world has ever known, the incomparable Little Richard.
Ron’s path led him to the top studios and concert venues in the world, and the skills and knowledge he acquired earned him a spot on one of the most successful and influential production teams of all time, that of visionary producer Daniel Lanois and his fabled Kingsway studio in New Orleans. Under the direction of Lanois and Malcolm Burn, Ron contributed to the unique and inspiring sounds of classic albums by Sarah McLachlan, the Neville Brothers, Marc Cohn, Robbie Robertson, and Bob Dylan. From there Ron catapulted to the upper echelon of the music world. His career has been marked by writing and playing for an elite group of artist, composing and performing on major motion picture soundtracks including “Sling Blade”, “The Last Of The Mohicans” and “Thelma and Louise”, scoring the documentary “Why We Laugh” starring Bill Cosby and Chris Rock, while continuing to produce records and organize worldwide tours for great New Orleans artists.
These deep roots and panoramic musical experiences come together in Ron’s music. His world-travelled sophistication, coupled with his down-home charm and sincerity bring excitement and grace to all of his performances.
Here’s what Lloyd Price has to say about Ron:
“Ron Jones says it all for me in this new classic piece .From the very first cut where he swings you right out of your seat, he’s creative, inventive and mellow. His musicianship is unquestionable and impressive. Pay particular attention to how he’s trimmed these great classic’s and made them his songs with his incredible band. Check out what he does with my signature song ‘Personality’, you’ll be Amazed . This album is so smooth you wanna’ SHOUT … ‘Where have you been Ron Jones!?!’