Lamar Jones was born to be a musician. A native of Chicago and coming from a musical family, he is a versatile bassist who has performed with a variety of musical groups during his 25 year career. Being a well-rounded musician, Lamar has played various genres spanning from smooth jazz, rock, gospel, r&b, funk and house-music in a variety of different venues from Music halls to outdoor festivals across the US and abroad.
His multi-faceted talent of being able to comfortably play by ear or read music quickly makes him a sought-after musician for touring and session work. “My interest in music began when I was 16 years old. I actually wanted to play the drums in church but quickly decided to give the bass a try since everyone in church wanted to be a drummer”. The wheels were set in motion from the time Lamar picked up the bass, being inspired by the mystical deep low-end bass sound. It was during this time that Lamar’s cousin, Barry Halliburton (deceased) being a masterful bass musician himself, inspired Lamar to pursue a now life long career in music. Self-taught throughout most of his life, Lamar is quick to learn various licks while continuing to showcase great timing and phrasing. “There are several clubs in the Chicago area where I have performed. The training ground back in the day was known as “The Jazz Bulls". Most of the well-known musicians who are playing with artists today such as: bassist and vocalist Larry Graham, bassist Mike Manson (George Duke), bassist Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), bassist Richard Patterson (Miles Davix, Boz Scaggs, and David Sanborn), bassist Bill " The Buddha" Dickens and myself shared the stage with these now headlining performers".
Raised as a Christian, Lamar gained more experience by playing with Gospel bands and artists such as The Thompson Community Singers, Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin. In addition, Lamar performs with multi-talented contemporary jazz artist Brian Culbertson, along with Steve Cole, Nick Colionne and Michael Manson.
Lamar currently resides in Chicago and has been blessed with two beautiful young daughters. When he is not on tour, you can find him building custom basses and performing in church.