Jeremy is shredding his drum kit like a samurai, using weapons that range from shakers to bells to mallets to the butte end of his own drumsticks. I have never seen a man play jazz drums with more intensity. - Colorado Music Buzz Magazine, March 2007
Intensity, passion, joy, and love pour out when Jeremy plays music. It is evident why he says music can be a powerful pointer to a state of consciousness in which joy and peace are natural and spontaneous.
Jeremy Jones was raised in Denver, Colorado, and began playing drums in elementary school. Throughout high school Jeremy played in percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble, symphonic band. He also started playing original music in a band with some high school classmates.
Upon entering college at Duke University, Jeremy met tenor saxophonist and renowned jazz educator Paul Jeffrey. Before coming to Duke, Jeffrey had spent 30 years working with jazz giants such as Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus. Jeremy joined the Duke Jazz Ensemble, which Jeffrey directed, and enrolled in independent studies with Jeffrey each semester. During this period, Jeremy transcribed over 70 drum solos of jazz greats including Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, and Art Taylor. He also studied arranging and wrote numerous arrangements for the Duke Jazz Ensemble.
In 2000, Jeffrey hired Jeremy to play in the Paul Jeffrey Quintet. The band performed throughout the Raleigh-Durham area and toured Italy in 2001. Through this band Jeremy played with numerous visiting artists from New York including John Hicks, Ray Bryant, Joanne Brackeen, George Cables, Vincent Herring, Jimmy Greene, and Derrick Gardner.