Baltimore native Hilary Jones began playing the drums professionally at age 16. Upon Graduation from the Baltimore School for the Arts she joined the U.S. Navy Band. The The first six months of her enlistment were spent at the Armed Forces School of Music, where she graduated with honors. In the next three years her musical duties included performances in just about every musical style, from big band to pop.
After being discharged from the Navy, Hilary relocated to the San Francisco bay area to join "Girlfriend", a hand picked group of musicians formed by acclaimed producer, Narada Michael Walden. Shortly thereafter Hilary worked for many artists such as Maria Muldaur, the Mamas & the Papas, Angela Bofill, Clarence Clemmons, Pete Escovedo, and Ray Obiedo.
Since moving to Los Angeles Hilary’s success continues as she’s recorded and/or toured with such artists as Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Scott Henderson’s Tribal Tech, Eric Marienthal, Doc Severinson, Brazilian guitar virtuoso Badi Assad, and Robben Ford. When not on tour she keeps busy doing numerous recording sessions and enjoys playing on the local L.A scene with bands such as Cecilia Noel and The Wild Clams, The Delphines, and her own band.
Hilary is also a frequent writer for Drum magazine and performs instructional Seminars internationally. With the May 2001 release of her debut CD,"Soaring", Hilary has embarked on what promises to be a successful solo career as well.
"a precision power player..." Modern Drummer
"Hilary Jones was truly awesome! Watching her thrash her drum set, I would have literally paid to see a half hour of her alone..." Jakarta Times
"Jones on drums made an indelible impression... her charged accompaniment was consistent throughout." LA Jazz Scene