John Paul "J. P." Jones was born on April 10th, (b.1949.) He was raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he taught himself to play the piano by banging away on the one that belonged to his parents. As a teen, when his banging became the smooth notes of gospel and classical tunes, Jones polished his skills further by playing at his family's church gatherings. He also taught himself to play the guitar along the way. When J. P. Jones signed up for seminary school, It seemed gospel was his calling, along with the clergy. Things don't always end the way we plan, and he dropped out of the seminary near the end of the '60s to attend a college where he could study musical composition. He graduated with top honors. In the early '70s, Jones performed at clubs and festivals with lineups that included the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie ...
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