Keith Jones

Keith JonesKeith Jones

Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
August 20, 2018 

Versatile bassist has collaborated with Santana and Wayne Shorter

By David Sands

Keith Jones knows the music world like he knows the frets on his six-string bass.

Over the course of his 40-plus-year career, he’s seen the music industry from a multiplicity of different angles. He’s toured the world with Santana; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Wayne Shorter; Al Jarreau; Andy Narell; Jean-Luc Ponty and others. He’s recorded with the likes of Bob Marley, Kenny Loggins, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Bugs Henderson and Third World. His music can also be heard in movies like “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “Basic Instinct” as well as commercials for brands like Coca Cola and Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. And beyond that, he’s also a Grammy-nominated producer who’s recorded, mixed and mastered everything from alternative rock to reggae and Brazilian jazz.

FBPO’s Jon Liebman recently caught up with Jones for a conversation about his far-reaching career.

Watch our interview with Keith!

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  • Great interview with Keith Jones. Knew he was Jamaican when I saw him play with Andy Narell. Keith had impeccable timing to hold down that steel pan Latin jazz style and was an early adopter of the six string bass. I first heard Keith on a 1986 Kit Walker recording called “Natural Habitat” on his Dancing On The Edge of the World CD. I requested the tune’s lead sheet from Kit (keyboardist from San Francisco) in an attempt to get the bass line but he didn’t have it. Very melodic Keith Jones bass line with tasteful fills, including a bit of slap during the outro vamp if you haven’t heard it.


  • Dancing On The Edge of the World… EXCELLENT CD!!


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