Brian Jones



Brian Jones was born February 5, 1973 in Pittsburgh, PA. Jones attended the University of Richmond from 1991-1995, studying drum set and  percussion with Howard Curtis. He also began performing with some of Virginia’s finest musicians, including John D’earth, Glenn Wilson, Mike Davison, and Steve Kessler. Jones graduated from the University of Richmond in Spring 1995 with a B.A. in History.

From 1995-2001 Jones played drums, wrote songs, and shared singing duties in the band Agents of Good Roots. During their career, they released six recordings on various record labels and played 200+ shows a year.  

As a session drummer/percussionist, Jones has recorded with various artists including Mandy Moore, Rex Richardson, Jason Mraz, Fight the Big Bull, Rachael Yamagata, Doug Richards, and many others. As a freelance drummer, Jones has performed live with artists including Jandek, Darius Jones, Matthew E. White, Steven Bernstein, Mark Turner, Gary Thomas, Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Bernstein, Terrell Stafford, and many others.

Jones performs throughout Virginia in many settings, often with his own ensembles playing various styles of jazz, improvisation, and new music. Jones started Slang Sanctuary Records in 1999 as a limited edition record label focusing on jazz, free improvisation, and alternative pop. Since 1999, Slang Sanctuary has released over twenty-five recordings, currently available at Jones has also been involved in presenting two annual musical events in Richmond, VA: the Mingus Awareness Project (starting in 2007) and a John Cage MUSICIRCUS (starting in 2004).

Since 2001, Jones has taught drum set and percussion extensively in the Richmond community. Currently, he teaches at the University of Richmond, Old Dominion University, and the College of William and Mary. 

Jones is a PhD candidate in the American Studies Program at the College of William and Mary. Jones' doctoral dissertation will focus on the life and work of jazz drummer/composer Paul Motian. Other research interests include the cultural politics of jazz, Miles Davis in the 1970s, and the New Orleans funk tradition.