Acclaimed DJ, producer, remixer, compiler, artist, black music consultant, Dr Bob Jones’ career started in May 1967 playing records at his local youth centre and, four years later, he played his first club. His music policy has always been the highest quality black music, featuring soul, dance and jazz, and he has one of the first DJs ever to play jazz to a dance floor as early as 1971. In 1979 he DJd at the worlds first soul and jazz Dance Weekender at Caister in Norfolk. 24 other Caisters followed.
In 1981 he was on the pirate radio stations in Essex and London and joined ‘Blues & Soul’ magazine as their jazz correspondent in 1983. Soon, he was playing at the famous Monday night Jazz Sessions at Londons Wag Club alongside Gilles Peterson, Kevin Beadle and Sylvester. In 1990 he was approached by Motown Records, to remix and additionally produce ‘The Joneses’ by The Temptations. He was also instrumental in giving Coldcut the idea to record Yazzs No 1 record The Only Way is Up.
Since then Bob has produced over 30 different artists including Al Green, Daryl Hall, Swing Out Sister, Izit, Squeeze, and Bobby Womack. He has also given his expertise on the history of black music, consulting and starring in Lenny Henry s New Soul Nation on Channel 4 in 1994.,
In October 1993, Bob started his own club night called The Surgery in Londons West End, running every Saturday night for 2 years and recognized as Best Soul Club in the UK. In December 1995 he opened a successful soulful dance night (‘Lift’) at the Bluenote club in Londons Hoxton Square, featuring some of the UKs top underground DJs like Harvey, The Idjut Boys, Harri, Glenn Gunner and Phil Asher. Bob won Best British Club DJ for 95, 96, & 97.
Over the last 15 years, he has compiled albums and written sleeve notes for various major labels in the field of black music and is acknowledged as being one of the worlds leading authorities on the subject of black music. He has won awards in the Music Press for Best Radio Presenter (The Surgery on Kiss FM till 1999), especially for his in-depth interviews with top soul singers Terry Callier, Millie Jackson, Will Downing, Isaac Hayes, and Kerri Chandler amongst others.
In 1993, he formed his own record label (Black on Black Records) to build a credible catalogue of high quality Black Music, primarily using British singers, songwriters and musicians. The label released 14 singles. In October 1996 Bob Jones returned to studio production completing a project under the alias of Universal Jones with lifetime friend Ashley Beedle and, in 1997, with another DJ friend, Lofty (Chillifunk and Flying Records-London) began recording as East West Connection and Raw Cuts, producing various singles and two albums for Chillifunk, starting with a cover of the Teddy Pendergrass classic The More I Get The More I Want.
In late 2005, sadly, he announced his retirement as a DJ from the UK club scene and formally severed his relationship with Chilllifunk, although he continues to play abroad and is currently writing a book on his 30-plus years in the music industry.


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