Band NameCarvin Jones Band
The Carvin Jones Band is a three piece Blues Rock band hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. The band is lead by guitarist/vocalist Carvin Jones and accompanied by bassist Joe Edwards and drummer Levi Velasquez. The band’s unique style of blues and high energy live performances have made them a favorite of blues and rock n roll fans alike.
Carvin Jones was born in Lufkin, Texas. His remarkable energy, showmanship and guitar ability have made him a favorite of music fans and fellow musicians alike all over the world. At a very young age, he was seduced by the blues by listening to BB King records his grandfather constantly played in the house and started playing guitar himself by age 11. He escaped a rough neighborhood by dedicating his time to his guitar and by age 19 had moved to Arizona to start his music career.
The first incarnation of the Carvin Jones Band was born in 1991. Over the past two decades, Carvin Jones and his band have toured constantly all over the world, pleasing music fans with their high energy show and Carvin’s electrifying guitar style. They shared the stage and toured with blues and rock and roll legends including BB King, Santana, Jeff Beck, Albert King, Albert Collins, The Animals, REO Speedwagon and more. Carvin himself has performed with Joe Cocker and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. The Carvin Jones Band has released several studio recordings over the years and toured all over the world, even playing in Iraq and Kuwait in 2011. In January 2001, Guitarist Magazine named Carvin Jones “one of the top 50 blues guitarists of all time!” Carvin Endorses Fender Guitars and Amplifiers.
In 2012 Carvin welcomed two established American musicians to the band, Joe Edwards and Levi Velasquez.
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. Joe Endorses Fender Guitars.
On drums, Levi Velasquez has brought tremendous energy and excitement to Carvin’s already 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 and jazz to hard rock and pop. Levi has 21 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 the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Band. Levi endorses Pearl Drums and Hardware, Evans Drum Heads, Kickport Sound Enhancement, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Soultone Cymbals and Love Custom Snare Drums.
Each member of the band has received high praise from the media and fellow musicians alike:
“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
“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 band continues to tour constantly while playing over 320 shows per year. They are currently starting production on their new album ‘Blues is My Life’ which is set to be released in late 2016.