Jack Jones is one of the greatest singers of all time. A true Singers' Singer and luminary. A double Grammy winner, Jack performs around the globe to sold-out audiences in venues ranging from Jazz clubs to the London Palladium. Jack Jones is the very definition of a complete and total entertainer. The New York Times raves, "he is arguably the most technically accomplished male pop singer...". There is only one Jack Jones.Â
Born in Hollywood, California, on the night his singer/movie star father, Allan Jones, recorded his hit, â€œDonkey Serenadeâ€?. Jack would make his famous parents ( his mother was the elegant '30's actress Irene Hervey) especially proud of their award-winning son for the diversity and breadth of his talent. Jones attended University High School in West Los Angeles, while also studying drama and singing with private teachers chosen by his father. A young athlete, he gave up his track and football team sports to devote himself to serious study of the arts. Uni High was a school attended by teenagers from all economic walks of life. Ever conscious of his privileged life as the son of a famous show business family, he went out of his way to play down this part of his life with his friends, not knowing that after his graduation and parents' divorce, he would be ï¬?nancially strapped and have to start from scratch like most of the other students.
One of his most memorable experiences while in high school was when one of his friends, Nancy Sinatra, invited her father to sing in the school auditorium. It left an indelible mark that helped shape Jones' career choice.
Jones' professional debut was a brief stint as part of his father's act at the Thunderbird Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas when he was just 19 years old. He went out on his own three weeks later, working odd jobs including as a gas station attendant, to support himself while pursuing his singing career.
His ï¬?rst break came when a demo he recorded for songwriter Don Raye found its way to Capitol Records. While with the label he recorded a few singles and an album, which he admits was mediocre.
Although he eventually left Capitol. One gem from his album, â€œThis Could Be The Start Of Something Bigâ€?, caught the attention of a San Francisco club owner who booked him for a three week run at Facks. While performing there, he was discovered by Pete King, a producer and artist for Kapp Records who quickly signed him to the label.
Still working at his "day job" as a gas station attendant when his ï¬?rst album on Kapp was released Jones, while washing a customer's windshield, was surprised to hear one of his cuts playing on the car radio. He could now legitimately hope that his â€œday jobâ€? days would soon be over.
As his career gained momentum, Jones developed a deep appreciation for well constructed songs that also have emotional appeal. His respect for songs that tell stories with meaning and beauty led him to record works by the greatest balladeers of all time: Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Cole Porter, the Gershwinâ€™s, Harold Arlen, Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman. He was inspired by great Jazz instrumentalists he discovered during his teen years such as Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry, Buddy Rich, Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Pell Octet, Marty Paiche Dectet, Shorty Rogers and the Giants, and Count Basie. Jones' talent and commitment to his art earned him two Grammy's for "Best Pop Male Vocal Performance" with his singles â€œLollipops and Rosesâ€? by Anthony Velona and Bacharach/ David's â€œWives and Loversâ€?. His release, Jack Jones Paints A Tribute To Tony Bennett, was nominated for â€œBest Traditional Pop Vocal Performanceâ€?. He was also nominated for â€œThe Impossible Dreamâ€? and his recording of â€œWives and Loversâ€? was nominated for "Record of the Year". His hit records include â€œThe Race Is Onâ€?, â€œLadyâ€?, â€œCall Me Irresponsibleâ€?,and â€œWhat I Did For Loveâ€?. On April 13, 1989, he was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, close to where his father's star is located.
He is also renowned as a leading interpreter of musical theater -with acclaimed performances in â€œGuys and Dollsâ€?, â€œSouth Paciï¬?câ€?, â€œShe Loves Meâ€?, and â€œPajama Gameâ€? . Over the years he has guest-starred on countless episodic and/or comedy television series. Most recently he starred as Don Quixote in Man Of La Mancha in the national tour. Most recently, Jack has completed a guest-starring role in the British comedy ï¬?lm: Cruise Of The Gods.
Admirers of Jonesâ€™ talent include artists who inï¬‚uenced him as a young singer: Sinatra who said, â€œJack is one of the major singers of our time,â€? Mel TormÃ© called him â€œthe greatest 'pure' singer in the worldâ€? and legendary composers Sammy Cahn and Michel Legrand.
In 1971, Jones honored Michel Legrand by recording the ï¬?rst complete vocal album in English of the French composer's songs. Released by RCA, Jack Jones Sings Michel Legrand is an album which exquisitely showcases the vocalists art and a recording that Jones counts as one of his favorites. In 1997 he recorded New Jack Swing for Honest Entertainment, which introduced Jones to a new generation of fans with hip, swing renditions of â€œEvery Breath You Takeâ€?, â€œHave You Ever Loved A Womanâ€?, Keb Mo's â€œDangerous Moodâ€?, â€œAll Or Nothing At Allâ€? and the classic â€œMack The Knifeâ€?.
With over 50 recorded albums (17 of them chanting Billboard's Top 20) and consistently sold-out world tours, Jack Jones continues to charm audiences with his wit, sensitivity and vocal power. In addition to a successful recording career, Jones' impressive credits include ï¬?lm and television roles; an internationally syndicated TV variety show; performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the White House. He has also performed and later recorded popular theme songs for ï¬?lm and TV (â€œLove with a Proper Strangerâ€?, â€œThe Love Boatâ€?).
On his second release for Honest Entertainment, Jack Jones Paints A Tribute To Tony Bennett, Jones pays homage to a friend and an American icon. He counts Bennett among those vocalists who most inï¬‚uenced his style (a small but elite group that includes Mel TormÃ©, Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Eckstien, and Frank Sinatra). Professional relationship aside, Jones and Bennett have been friends since their meeting at Chicago's Palmer House Hotel in the late 60's when Jones attended the last show of Bennett's engagement at the Empire Room, before opening in the same room the following night.
Of his tribute album, which features some of Bennett's signature songs, Jones says, â€œThis album is my way of saying thanks to a dear friend.â€? In selecting songs for this album, he chose three of his personal Bennett favorites, â€œSkylarkâ€?, â€œShadow Of Your Smileâ€? and â€œYou Must Believe In Springâ€?.
2008 marks his 50th anniversary in show business! In the early summer of 2008 the worldâ€™s most recognized hotel brand, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, launched their â€œM.B.A.â€? (Master in Business Accommodations) marketing campaign bringing the timeless voice of Jack Jones singing a new recording of â€œThe Love Boat Themeâ€?. Jones also recently shared his voice with a whole new generation when he sang â€œBoat of Romanceâ€? as part of an episode on the emmy-nominated Disney Channel animated musical television series Phineas and Ferb.
Jack Jones released the next chapter in his long history of making hits, Love Makes the Changes: The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, on Aungust 3rd, 2010. A tribute to the lives and shared love of Jackâ€™s good friends and celebrated songwriters, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. During their distinguished career, their songs have been nominated for sixteen Academy Awards, for which they have won three: â€œThe Windmills of Your Mindâ€? in 1968, â€œThe Way We Wereâ€?: in 1973, and the score for â€œYentlâ€? in 1984.
Jack explains the motivation behind the release, â€œAfter years of looking for material to record I have ï¬?nally found it. My dear friends Alan and Marilyn Bergman have had the ideal loving and pure relationship, truly sharing almost every ounce of life. I call them: "THE MASTERS AND JOHNSON OF ROMANCE.â€? So I wondered, Ê»How could they possibly perceive what it feels like when the music doesn't keep playing?â€? â€œWell, on this CD we pay tribute to the most perceptive and creative couple I know. They have inspired me to put many of their wonderful creations into one of my story linesâ€¦Each of these song tells part of the story, most of which you and I have lived through. You write your own story as you follow the songs, and even if it doesn't turn out to be much of a book, it will be one hell of a score.â€?
This CD is available in Itunes for digital downloads and jackjonesmusic.com for tradional CD media.
Today, Jack can be found performing concerts to sold-out audiences around the globe at performing arts centers, casinos, symphony halls and even intimate cabarets. Jonesâ€™ musical perfection and vocal passion unfailingly illustrate why he stands with the luminaries.