Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Jones, Gregory (M.)
Jones, Gregory (M.), acoustic and electric bassist; b. Boston, MA, 23 May 1961. Jones is married to Tricia Woods, jazz pianist and composer. He has three younger sisters: Sheila-1963, Brenda-1966, Linda-1966. He attended Tufts University and played in jazz ensemble under Lewis Porter.
Gregory is a featured performer in "Savion: Footnotes," a show of tap-dance and jazz. Starring the legendary Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde, Buster Brown, Dianne Walker and new young tap star, Cartier Williams. Bass Player magazine has done an "On The Road" report in the April 2001 issue. The show is toured the states through September through November of 2000. Gregory was also featured in Savion's "NYOTs" that ran from 1997 through 1999, and included an ABC television special "Downtown with Savion Glover". Gregory has been the bottom for baritone voiced Jon Lucien since 1991, and has played on Jon's last three recordings. You can often see them performing together the BET-on Jazz cable television show. Andy Narrell now has Gregory's worldly groove in his band, as well as Larry Coryell. A new twist for last year, was 6 months of touring with Eileen Ivers, fiddle star from Riverdance, in support of her Sony Classical release "Crossing the Bridge."
Ray Anderson, jazz trombonist, has featured both Gregory's bass and vocal skills in his "Alligatory Band". They toured Europe and the states from 1993-1998. This has produced numerous broadcast all over Europe.
There is a pop music side to this equation, having recorded Carly Simon's "Letter's Never Sent" for Arista, as well as tours with Mr." Stand By Me", Ben E. King, and recording and performing with Richie Havens. There is also a new recording, "Platinum Reggae", with reggae artists, Morgan Heritage, on the AO label.
Children can see Gregory do his thing on the PBS show "Reading Rainbow" with Levar Burton.
When not globetrotting, Gregory can be found in various New York City clubs and churches-giving thanks for His blessings. You'll often find him with Brazilian bands. Astrud Gilberto enlists his services, including a new CD. He has also performed with Leni Andrade, and singing legend Roberto Carlos. Gregory is one of the original faculty of the "Bass Collective" in New York City, teaching classes in R&B, jazz, sight-reading, and private lessons. Some of his former students are performing with Kelis, The Roots, and Joaquin Sabena to name a few. Future projects include recording and touring with his wife, jazz pianist-singer Tricia Woods. He is currently on an international tour of Bring in da' noise, bring in da' funk with Tricia Woods, featuring wonderkind Savion Glover.
Ray Anderson: Don't Mow Your Lawn (1994), Heads and Tales (1995); Frank Colon: Live at Vartan Jazz (1997); John Lucien: Mother Nature's Son (1993), Endless Is Love (1997), Sweet Control (1999), By Request (1999); Carly Simon: Letters Never Sent (1994); Michael Urbaniak: Manhattan Man (1992); Bobby Watson: Urban Renewal (1995); Carol Chaikin: Lucy's Day Off (1998); Gordon James: Gordon James (1999); Mark Wagnon: Shadowlines (1999); Various Artists: Live at the Knitting Factory (1989), Live at the Knitting Factory (1991), Song's Not Over (1997), Smooth Jazz: Pure Pleasure (1999), Smooth Jazz: Sexual Healing (2000) Platinum Reggae Volume Three
Gregory M. Jones
Acoustic and Electric Bassist
769 Union Street, apt 3R
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Phone (718) 622-9354
Cell phone (917) 568-8840
Member of AF of M, local 802