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Dennis Jones: News/Interviews

Jefferson Starship - August 27, 2012

Paul Kantner's Jefferson Starship rocking by Steve Smith, Pasadena Star News, posted 8 23 12, reviewing 8 19 12 concert, Woodland Hillstock (see last paragraph in bold)

From 1965-1972, Paul Kantner co-led legendary psychedelic San Francisco group, The Jefferson Airplane, penning and singing on such iconic protest youth movement and anti-Vietnam War protest songs as "Volunteers," "Crown of Creation" and "We Can Be Together." The Airplane performed noted sets at the three major music festivals of the `60s, the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and Altamont.

Kantner then fronted several forms of The Airplane's next incarnation, The Jefferson Starship, which recorded a dozen gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums.

Now Kanter is 71 and still on the road with Jefferson Starship, which features his old friend, 73-year-old former Quicksilver Messenger Service-Airplane-Starship singer-bassist David Freiberg (who sang Quicksilver's 1970 FM "underground radio" hit, "Fresh Air"). They made a pit stop before several thousand fans at a free picnic concert at Warner Park in Woodland Hills.

The 100-minute set opened with The Airplane's 1967 classic, "Somebody to Love," and it was hitsville from that point onward, including The Airplane's ode to a pill that make you smaller, among other things, "White Rabbit," and such Starship hits (many of them million sellers) as "Miracles," "Count on Me," and "Ride the Tiger" and several other crowd pleasers. The Starship's infectiously propulsive "Fast Buck Freddie" was a particular highlight.

They also incorporating some genuine Airplane gems, such as "Crown of Creation," "Volunteers" and a concert ending, "The Other Side of Life," that the Airplane released live from its early 1969 concert album, "Bless It's Pointed Little Head." (It was also the song The Airplane was performing when Hell's Angels knocked singer Marty Balin out cold at Altamont).

During a lengthy 12-minute take on Kantner's 1967 psychedelic gem, "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooniel," from The Airplane album, "After Bathing at Baxter's," Kantner and Grace Slick's replacement, Cathy Richardson (who also replaced Janis Joplin in the still-active Big Brother and The Holding Company several years ago), took a break while band's guitarist of more than 30 years, Slick Aguilar, led the rest of the band in a workout on Jeff Beck's 1975 instrumental hit, "Freeway Jam."

There was an opening act of note. The blues rocking Dennis Jones Band is a fronted by a truly great guitarist, Jones, who clearly gets his inspiration from Jimi Hendrix. In between performing its originals, the trio covered two Hendrix songs ("Little Wing" and "Red House") as well as B.B. King's "The Thrill is Gone," and Booker T. Jones and William Bell's "Born Under a Bad Sign." Eric Clapton would do well to invite Jones to next year's Crossroad Guitar Festival.

Four Shades of Blue - January 5, 2012

I had an idea to put together a show with some close friends in Memphis and it happened.

We had a great show at the New Daisy Theater the week of the Blues Music Awards 2012

I'd like to thank all the wonderful blues fans that came out to make our show a success.

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise - November 2, 2010

Just returned from this years Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. I would like to thank all the great artist that I had a chance to perform with and all the amazing blues fans that support us. And to Roger and his great staff for making sure eveything was takin care of. Pre booking for next year has started. Go to for all the booking Information

Real Blues Magazine - January 22, 2010

Real Blues Magazine voted Dennis Jones as Best New Artist of 2009. The new CD "Pleasure & Pain" also won for Best Modern Blues CD of 2009. Go to for more info.

Big City Rhythm & Blues - December 23, 2009

Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine just released a new CD Sampler. It's called "Jump For Joy" I'm proud to have a song on this cool compilation of blues artists from around the country. Go to for more info. Happy Holidays

Pleasure & Pain - November 25, 2009

Pleasure & Pain is #13 on the Roots Blues Airplay Charts Top 50.

29th Long Beach Blues Festival - October 20, 2008

Playing the Long Beach Blues Festival this year was a special occasion for us. I would have been there anyway, but felt great to perform there. Thanks to all the blues fans everywhere. We appreciate you all. DJ

Dennis Jones Band & Johnny Winter - August 20, 2008

We had the great pleasure of opening for Johnny Winter October 1, 2008 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. The whole experience was phenominal from meeting Johnny to receiving a standing ovation from the audience. It was a night I'll never forget. Thank you from Dennis, Michael and Sam. DJB

"Best of Southland Blues Bands Volume I" CD - August, 2008

Dennis Jones appearing on Southland Blues/Grand Entertainment Compilation CD "Best of Southland Blues Bands Volume I". Go to to purchase the cd.

10th Annual Julian Blues Bash - June 21, 2008

I'd like to thank Robb Bower and everyone that worked at the 10th Annual Julian Blues Bash this year. From the musicians in the other bands to everyone that showed up, it couldn't have been a better group of people in one place. Thanks for all your continued support. DJ

Blue's Festival Guide "Artist On The Rise" - February 22, 2008

The Dennis Jones Band is featured as the "Artist On The Rise" in their February 22, 2008 Blues Festival E-Guide edition. Check it out at

Southland Blues Cover - February, 2008

It's not the cover of the Rolling Stone, but in the blues world it feels really good to be on the cover of Southland Blues. What a great way to start off 2008. I'd like to thank Pete Sardon and Dan Jacobson for giving me the opportunity to share my opinons and respect for the blues. DJ

2007 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise - October, 2007

Hello everyone, Just back from the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. It was my second cruise and the first for my band. From Mike, Tony and myself we would like to thank everyone for letting us be a part of such a great event. Hope to see you all real soon. DJ

9th Annual Julian Blues Bash - June, 2007

I would like to thank Robb Bower and all the bands, fans and supporters of the 9th Annual Julian Blues Festival. We had a great time. Thanks again for having us. Dennis Jones

Passion For the Blues Charts at #15 - March, 2007

Real Blues Magazine lists "Passion For The Blues" at #15 on their Top 100 CD's listing.

"New Years Eve Party" - January 2, 2007

I'd like to thank everyone who came out to Martini Blues on New Years Eve. It was a great night for all of us from beginning to end. Thanks for letting us entertain you. DJ

2006 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise - October, 2006

Hello everyone! I just got back from the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. I've had some great times in my life and I must say this ones at the top of my list. I had a chance to play with and enjoy some incredible musicians that I've admired for a long time. Blues fans are the most loyal and sincere people I've ever met. I'd like to thank everyone for there kindness and appreciation for what I do. See you next year.
Love y'all. . .Dennis Jones

Movie Sound Track - August 24, 2006

The song 'Deep Blues' from the CD "Falling Up" is featured in Lionsgate 2006 movie release "Sea Of Fear".

Wrightwood with Dick Dale - August 19, 2006

We had an amazing show this summer in Wrightwood. I showed up early for the classic car show and had a chance to feed another passion of mine - "Muscle Cars". Tony, Michael and I would like to thank everyone that came out to the festival. Hope you all had a good time. This life only happens once - enjoy it! Love y'all. . . DJ

European Tour - April 2007 - April 20, 1997

Just back from Europe. I had a great time touring and meeting new Blues fans from all over the world. Looking forward to doing it again soon. As always, blues fans are the best! Thank you all. DJ
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