Parlor Jones bio. Born in England just outside of Liverpool, I started playing bass guitar in my teens. I love playing electric and acoustic blues. I get out and jam with other musicians at every opportunity and enjoy writing and recording. I went on a summer vacation to Maryland in 2004 and my old friend from my youth organized a jam at his home. I have been attending and organizing jams ever since that time. I have also worked in recording studios since the 70′s back in Miami and now in Orlando fulfilling every job description from engineering, mixing to mastering and let’s not forget the all important job of throwing away the empty pizza boxes and bottles. Late nights listening back to great takes after everyone has gone home holds many fond memories.
My very first band I was in was The Charlie Brown Company in Miami in the late 60s. It was a 3 piece band with just drums, guitar and bass.
Later, my best friend Joe Orlando and I joined up with Rod on drums and Glenn on keys to be what was a very tight band and we started playing at the college fraternity parties at the University of Miami.
The rise and fall of that band led to the forming of Day and Night which was at that time the most innovative and jam oriented bands with it’s solos and selection of tunes. We had two frontmen, Gerard and Joe, and both incredible singers and with Pete on drums now and Victor on keyboards while Joe Orlando remained as the guitarist and I played bass.
Well as time does to all bands with girlfriends, jobs, college and life in general, that configuration of players changed as well. In 1981, I started the band Leather and Lace with two sisters who sang great together and one played bass while the other played rhythm guitar. Brandon, now our really tight, in the pocket drummer with a great sense of humor too and I played guitar. We played all kinds of gigs from private parties to lounge scenes and stayed together until 1986.
During this time I was working in several recording studios and we were recording originals. With the previously mentioned date of 2004, I found my deep love for the blues after listening to a couple of decades of greats like Clapton, Bruce, Stones, Yardbirds, Page, Stevie Ray and the like.
I am so thankful for where these last few years have brought me with all of the gracious new players that I have had the pleasure of playing with at the local blues jams which Orlando, Florida has become known for. The current lineup of the Parlor Jones Project is Eliot Falk on Bass and Steve Plotnick on drums playing every Sunday from 2 to 6 PM at the Jolly Gator Fish Camp in Geneva, FL at the open blues jam where all are invited to join in.
To be continued…. Listen to some tracks on ReverbNation on the player below.