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Jinx Jones was probably the most acclaimed guitarist to come out of Denver. Most notably he has been a member of En Vogue. He is best known locally as lead man in Jinx Jones and Friends and in The Tel Rays. I personally watched him play many times from 1983 onward and watched while members of the famed group "The Pretenders" joined Jones onstage at the Turnverein (German House) in the mid 1980s while Chrissie Hynde observed from a chair. Jones has also reportedly opened for many other big acts as well. Seems that CAN has a misplaced article indicating Jinx took some of his early career impetus following in-person attendance of a local Jimi Hendrix show decades ago.
Legend is that Jinx has had a jones for Cadillacs and owned a guitar shop in Denver in the 1980s called Cadillac Guitars. He grew up here in Colorado where he reportedly got his start playing at Christian youth dances around Denver. Jinx left these parts for the coast in the late 1980s.
Following is a Colorado Entertainment Net feature career history on Jinx Jones:
Group Years Style of Music Location Jinx Jones Trio 1997 to pres Jazz San Francisco the Bachelors 1992 to pres Rockabilly San Francisco Jack Duval Combo 1996 Hard Bop-Cool Jazz San Francisco the Fontanas 1990-1992 Rockabilly San Francisco En Vogue 1991-1992 R&B/Soul Oakland the Nation Funktasia 1990 R&B/Funk Oakland Jinx Jones and Friends 1984-1994 Various-Guitar Oriented Denver Chuck Berry 1979-1988 Rock n' Roll St Louis Blue Jets 1987-1988 Acid Rock Denver Tel Rays 1982-1984 Rockabilly/Psycho-billy L.A./Denver Roy Buchanan 1984-1985 Guitar Virtuoso Reston, VA Jinx Jones and the Jaguars 1980-1982 New Wave/Pop Denver/L.A. Lannie Garrett 1980-1981 Cabaret/Pop Denver Ron Furrer 1978-1979 Elvis Show Houston Second Wind 1977-1978 Funk-R&B Denver Distinctive Movement 1975-1977 Funk-R&B Denver Emerald City 1975 Rock Denver Macbeth 1974-1975 Rock Denver Waves 1973-1974 Rock Denver
Awards Received by Jinx Jones:
Triple Platinum Record sales: Vogue: FunkyDivas
Gold Record: En Vogue: Free Your Mind
Bay Area's Songwriter Competition: 1989 second place
Colorado Composer's Classic 1986
Guitar Player Magazine: Spotlight May 1993
Guitar World Magazine: Hometown Heroes: San Francisco January 1993
Selected Feature articles:
Contental Restyling, London,,
'The Bachelors" San Francisco Rockabilly, Jan. 1996
San Francisco Weekly: Jack Duval Combo July 1996
Rocky Mtn. News, Feb 7, 1997 - Ent. section
Contact: Jinx Jones, 600 34th Ave., No. 7, San Francisco, CA 94121
voice mail: (415) 386-3084
- info sources: Jinx Jones 97Mr27 and asst'd local clips fr. '86 and recent.
* second party e-mail private by Jinx' request 97My.
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