“There are very few guitarists on the scene today who have a resume like San Francisco picker Jinx Jones. After having played with both Chuck Berry and Roy Buchanan, Jones has established himself as one of the top rockabilly guitarists on the scene today.” Dr. Matt Warnock; Guitar International Magazine, 2011
“Jinx Jones proves that he is a force to be reckoned in the world of first rate roots music guitarists.” Blue Suede News #85, 2010
In Jinx Jones’ impressive musical career he has visited nearly every conceivable style and genre of the electric guitar. From his work with R&B divas, En Vogue to his own acclaimed rockabilly albums, “License to Twang,” and the latest release; “Rumble & Twang,” Jones has always strived to expand the possibilities of the instrument. He accepts every musical challenge head on, always making an impressive statement with his music. The one thing that remains consistent throughout Jones’ multi-stylistic journey is the grace and finesse of his virtuoso playing.
“You've heard fretboard prestidigitator Jinx before: he lent studio guitar and bass to En Vogue's hit, "Free Your Mind." Professionally impressive as it is, though, that credit does not represent his own chosen styling. Jinx's headlong endeavors draw freely and unto satiation from classic rocka-billy, vintage jazz, and spartan honky tonk….” D. C. Larson, Crackerjack Magazine UK,#35, 2010.
“Jinx Jones and his trio serve up fine examples of American Music, all with Jinx playing the living hell out of the guitar.” John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine, June, 2007
“Magical' rings as insufficient when looms the real article. Jinx proffers alacritous dexterity and excruciating elegance, integrating rockin' with country with jazz with blues. May shame you into selling your own guitar.” David Larson, Rockabilly Magazine, July, 2007
Early Years in Denver
Jinx Jones honed his musical skills on the burgeoning Denver original music scene of the 1970’s and 1980’s. With brief stints in both Los Angeles and Houston, Jones’ studied music in concert halls, nightclubs, and theaters throughout the United States.
“Jinx Jones was probably the most acclaimed guitarist to come out of Denver. He is best known locally as lead man in Jinx Jones and Friends and in The Tel Rays. I personally watched him play many times from 1983 onward and watched while members of the famed group "The Pretenders" joined Jones onstage at the Turnverein (German House) in the mid 1980s while Chrissie Hynde observed from a chair.” --Colorado Arts and Entertainment, December, 1997
Jinx has led his own bands with significant success in both Colorado and California. His first showcase band was Jinx Jones and the Jaguars, who in the early 1980’s had several records on regular rotation airplay in the Denver market. The band relocated to Los Angeles where they were immediately noticed by the musical press.
“Jinx Jones has some exceptionally fast, clean licks and he even pulls a few of the cliched guitar tricks like playing behind his head and with his teeth.”
--LA Music Connection, February, 1982
Jinx Jones with Chuck Berry, Mile High Stadium, 1986
Jinx Jones as Sideman: Jinx Jones has lent his guitar-playing prowess to many artists and groups during his career. During the Summer of 1976, Jinx supplied backing guitar to the King of Rock and Soul, Solomon Burke. Later that summer he also backed soul-singer Howard Bomar in opening slots for Johnny Taylor, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Dells, the Sylvers, and Hot Chocolate. The following winter, Jinx was a member of the R&B group Distinctive Movement who performed concert dates with Natalie Cole.
Jinx joined the popular doo-wop show band, Tom Slick in 1978 and toured the United States extensively throughout that year. During this time, he was part of a musical group that backed many touring shows that appeared at AstroWorld in Houston, Texas. It was during this time that Jinx first appeared with Rock n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry. Jinx performed with Berry off and on from 1979 through 1988, playing in one of Berry’s many regional touring bands.
In 1984, Jinx asked to play several dates with American guitar legend Roy Buchanan. He recalls the impact and influence that Buchanan had on his concept of guitar. “I think that when I saw Roy play, with the ease and grace that he fully commanded at all times, I really saw the guitar as a whole new instrument.” Jinx played with Buchanan through his Colorado tours in the summers of 1984 and 1985. One of Jinx’s most treasured possessions is his guitar that Roy autographed with the caption, “Thanks forever.”
Jinx added guitar tracks to the R&B album “In Search of the Last Trump of Funk” by the Nation Funktasia. During 1991 and 1992 Jinx played with R&B superstars En Vogue on their triple platinum album “Funky Divas,” and played both guitar and bass on their signature hit “Free Your Mind.” Other sessions with En Vogue followed, but Jinx Jones was then moving into another musical direction, and his days as a sideman for hire were quickly taking a back seat to his pursuit of a solo career.
With the great Roy Buchanan
En Vogue- Funky Divas
Jinx Jones on Record
In Jinx Jones’ impressive musical career he has visited nearly every conceivable style and genre of the electric guitar. From his work with R&B divas, En Vogue to his own acclaimed rockabilly albums, “License to Twang,” and “Rumble & Twang,” Jones has always strived to expand the possibilities of the instrument. In 2006 - 2007 Jinx was invited to perform for several shows and festivals in Europe. His headlining performance in Finland was recorded and released in 2008, producing the acclaimed “live Twang in Finland” CD. His latest release, “Rip and Run” has received enthusiastic reviews in both guitar magazines and publications featuring Americana and roots music.
“The CD is a tour de force instrumental that has Jinx mixing single-line work, great chordal soloing, and low-string twanging into a rowdy rockabilly treat. And Jinx shows throughout the album that he can do more than just spit old licks back at you."- Vintage Guitar magazine
“The breakout star here is Jones’ guitarwork. Honky tonk-twanged expressiveness and riotous rockabilly exclamations are freely integrated with flurries of jazz-inflected phrasings, claiming center stage on every winning cut.” - Rockabilly Magazine
Jinx with Roy Buchanan, June, 1985
Triple Platinum Record Award: Vogue: FunkyDivas
Gold Record Award: En Vogue: Free Your Mind
Bay Area's Songwriter Competition: Second place 1989
Colorado Composer's Classic, First place 1986
Blinded by Sound, CD Review “Rip and Run” January 2011
Guitar International, “Jinx Jones Talks Chuck Berry, Roy Buchanan, and Rip and Run,” Jan. 2011
Premier Guitar, CD Review “Rip and Run” January 2011
CrakckerJack Rockabilly, (UK) “Jinx Jones; Man of a Thousand Riffs” Aug. 2010
Rockabilly Magazine, “Duty Call” Live Twang in Finland, September, 2009
Guitar Fan, Jinx Jones License to Twang, October 2008
Rytmi, (FI) Interview, September, 2007
Big Beat (FI), Interview, September, 2007
Vintage Guitar Magazine, Featured Interview, August 2007
Big Beat (FI), CD Review, July 2007
Rockabilly Magazine, CD Review, July, 2007
Guitar Player Magazine, CD Review, June 2007
Vintage Guitar Magazine, CD Review, June 2007
ToneQuest Reports, Interview, March, 2007
CrakckerJack Rockabilly (UK) Review and Article, January 2007
Big Beat, (FI) Feature Article, December 2005
Rockabilly Magazine, CD Review, December 2005
East Bay Express, Datebook Spotlight, March 2002
Guitar Player Magazine: Reviews, March, 2001
Continental Restyling (UK) “The Bachelors: June 1995
Guitar Player Magazine: Spotlight, May, 1993
Guitar World Magazine: Hometown Heroes: San Francisco, January, 1993
Vintage Guitar Magazine, License to Twang, Reviews, August, 2001
Blue Suede News, Music Reviews, Spring 2001
Cool and Strange Music, Album Reviews, Summer, 2001
Continental Restyling, London, San Francisco Rockabilly, Jan. 1996
San Francisco Weekly: Jack Duval Combo, July 1996
Rocky Mtn. News, Feb 7, 1997 - Entertainment section