Doug Jones, a Connecticut native, expresses his passion for music through his compositions and performances. His career spans many years performing in different venues in the Northeast from the Hartford Jazz Festival to clubs in Newport, Manhattan and Boston as well as South America. His saxophone influences are David Sanborn, Grover Washington, Tom Scott, Bobby Keys and Edgar Winter. In addition to his own contemporary jazz group, Doug’s unique style of playing can also be heard with Top New England acts such as Steppin' Out as well as blues recording artist, Mark Nomad.
Doug’s new CD, “Crossing Lines”, is a melodic, Contemporary / Smooth Jazz CD in the style of Dave Koz, Michael Lington and David Sanborn. The first two singles from the CD to go to National and International Smooth Jazz Radio stations are "Watching The Sunrise" and “1979”. All songs feature Jones on Alto and Tenor Saxophones and the track "One Flight South" features him on Flute.
His previous CD, "Secrets" was written and recorded by Doug Jones with the addition of Rick Handville on Guitars and Troy Slocum handling the final mixes and mastering. The first single and title track, "Secrets" received glowing reviews and considerable airplay on smooth jazz radio in the US and around the world.
Another CD, “Top Down” received many positive reviews. Ronald Jackson from the Smooth Jazz Ride calls Top Down “A solid gold star effort.” Downbeat Magazine says “Tenor man Doug Jones has a fresh voice…” “Top Down” also features Doug playing Flute and Harmonica. Two instruments that he has been playing for many years but has never included on his previous releases “Shades Of Gray” and “Heart And Soul”. He credits his friend Ed Tankus from Blue Plate Radio, the premier internet jazz station for getting him to record his flute and harmonica. Doug was influenced by Roland Kirk and Ian Andersen on Flute and James Cotton and James Montgomery on Harmonica. His trips to perform in South America and his Venezuelan wife were influences in his song writing and can be heard on the Latin tracks “Bella Luna” and “One Last Dance”. “One Last Dance” was the first single to be released from Top Down. The second release "Almost Summer", spent nine weeks on the smooth jazz top 30 charts.
Doug is a consummate wind instrument artist. He is equally good and diverse whether playing the alto, soprano or tenor saxophone as well as the flute, harmonica and wind synthesizer. He also writes all of his own compositions. The Doug Jones Group has shared the stage with Tower of Power, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin and many others. His dog logo comes from his love of Great Danes, especially his rescue Dane Jack. His other Great Dane, Merlin, was the cover model on his CD “Shades Of Gray”. - M.C. Cudemus