BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, to name a few.
“Carvin Jones is a young cat out of Phoenix who I think is the next up-and-coming blues player”
- Eric Clapton
"Carvin Jones is one of the brightest young stars on the blues scene today"
- Albert Collins
"The New King of Strings is Carvin Jones"
- Buddy Miles
". . . one of the best blues guitarists in the world . . ."
- London Surrey News
Carvin Jones was born in Lufkin, Texas. At a very young age, he was seduced to the blues by listening to BB King records his grandfather constantly played in the house. At age 11, Carvin remembers "my grandmother bought me my first guitar because I would borrow other people´s and when they came back to get them, I´d bum out. She took me downtown and bought me a guitar. I´ll never forget that day." Carvin recalls "my part of town was a rough neighborhood with a capital ´R´. I saw people litterally get killed - shot, stabbed, whatever. The guitar kept me out of trouble because I was always
inside playing the guitar away from that."
For a few years after high school, Carvin was performing small gigs around Texas. He decided to move to Arizona for a change of pace. In 1989, he moved in with his aunt and uncle, The Rev. Henry Adams and his wife Mattie, in their home in south Phoenix. “They took me in and I owe all my success to them. If it
weren´t for them, there wouldn´t be any Carvin Jones” he says.
Thus, the first incarnation of the "Carvin Jones Band" was formed, and he began taking gigs anywhere they could get bookings. ”We´d go in and play for hamburgers and soda pop” Carvin laughs.
By March, 1991, the Band had gained tremendous popularity, and were playing at clubs all over the Valley. They have maintained a consistent seven nights-a-week performance schedule since then. In March 2000, Carvin celebrated his 3000th performance! It is now well into 2011 and Carvin has logged over 6000 performances!!
Over the past years, the Carvin Jones Band has opened for guitar legends BB King, Santana and Albert King, and has performed with Joe Cocker and the Fabulous Thunderbird's at the House of Blues 1996 Tour in Phoenix. The Band opened for REO Speedwagon in 1998 at New Year's Eve, and has been a feature band of Fiesta Bowl's New Year's Eve Block Parties several times.
The Carvin Jones Music Show, a 1/2 hour cable TV show promo, included interviews with Carvin, performance clips, local gig calendar, and website plug. The Show aired during February-March, 2000, once a week, on various local Arizona cable channels. The Band has also been featured on Arizona's Channel 3, Channel 15, and Channel 10 News stations and is still featured on Glendale's Channel 11 regularly. Carvin has been a staple of the Glendale, AZ Jazz and Blues fest for several years - much to Arizonans delight!
Carvin began touring Europe in 1999. He has performed with the likes of Buddy Miles, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, John Mayell, Jimmie Vaughan, Ten Years After, Eric Burden and The Animals. In 2007, Carvin and his band opened for the legendary Walter Trout - twice - with rave revews! He has made many appearances on European Television and has regular airplay on several Blues dedicated radio shows throughout Europe. Carvin regularly headlines many European Blues Festivals - including The Pokey Hole Festival (UK), Skegness Rock & Blues Festival (UK), The Warrenpoint Festival (Ireland), Bejar Blues Festival (Spain), Colne Blues Festival (UK), and several others throughout Italy, Spain, Germany, & Holland.
In 2012, Carvin welcomed into the band two amazing musicians for his US shows. In 2014, they started to tour with Carvin full-time throughout the world.
On drums, Levi Velasquez has brought tremendous energy and excitement to Carvin's all ready electrifying show. Levi has played with many bands throughout the United States and has shared the stage with some of the most prolific popular music artists of today in a variety of genres. Levi's style complements Carvin's versitility with his ability to play many types of music... from classic slow Blues & Jazz to classic Rock and Pop. Levi has 20 years of experience in rock, blues, jazz as well as latin, marching and orchestral percussion. Levi is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and is and is an endorsement artist for Soultone Cymbals.
Joe Edwards is a self-taught, natural talent that gives the band a signature sound by combining elements of blues, rock and funk. Joe is also one of the most imaginative and colorful bass soloists in modern blues. Joe brings an amazing amount of energy and versitility to the Carvin Jones experience.
Both Joe and Levi have received some rave reviews around the world:
"Levi is an extremely well educated percussion virtuoso who completes the music with elements of rock, jazz and Latin music". - Bilety FM, Poland
"Drummer Levi Velasquez and bassist Joe Edwards both have a strong sense of rhythm, play with clockwork precision and each put on a solo show that is world class". - Blues News Magazine, Germany
"Edwards is a self-taught genius, recognized as a master of the bass solos. He brings a lot of energy to the music with inspiration arising from funk. -Bilety FM Poland
The Carvin Jones Band has been heralded the "Best Blues/Rock Band in Europe".
Carvin has received numerous awards and recognition. In Arizona, he was awarded New Times' "Entertainer of the Year" award in 1997, "Best Guitarist" in 1998 by Get Out Magazine, and Char's Has the Blues named him "Best Guitarist of the Year" for three years in a row. The Band received the Arizona Entertainment Award for "Best Blues Band of the Year" in 1993, and was voted "Best Blues Band" from 1994 through 1996 by the New Times' Reader's poll. Carvin also received the New Times Music Showcase award for the Best Blues Band in 2006. Visit Carvin's 'press' page for various reviews written about the band.
Carvin was featured in Experience Hendrix Magazine, in its November/December, 1999 issue. Read the full article here..
Guitarist Magazine voted Carvin into “The 50 greatest blues guitarists who ever walked the earth!” in January 2001.
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