When British born Randy Jones first came to the United States, he received immediate critical recognition. He played with such jazz greats as Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Milt Jackson, Bill Watrous and Harry James. He was invited to join the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1978 and has remained with them ever since.
Jones started work as a drummer at the age of sixteen, touring Germany with an English rock and roll group. During his early career he played mostly rock and 'pop' for TV and recording sessions. When the opportunity came to play jazz with the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, which was then based in England, he jumped at the chance. During the six years he was with Ferguson's band, he made numerous recordings and worked with singing stars such as Cleo Laine, Tony Bennett and Billy Eckstine.
He has recorded many albums with the Quartet on Telarc, MusicMasters and Concord Jazz labels. He has toured with the Dave Brubeck Quartet throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan and has appeared with them on numerous TV shows in the US, Japan, and Europe.
Randy Jones is noted as a versatile drummer, capable of swinging a big band, or dynamically weaving intricate patterns in the Quartet's odd time signatures. An avid collector of classical recordings, his solos reflect that interest with an unusually strong sense of melodic form and compositional structure.