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Harold Jones - Guitar
Harold Jones has always loved playing musical instruments. He started taking piano lessons at the age of 7 and continued until the age of 11 when his piano instructor passed away. He was handed an old beat up trombone that was practically impossible to play and performed with the Hopewell Marching Band until the end of his junior year. He was losing interest in playing the trombone during high school and shifted his focus to the guitar.
Harold’s father played the guitar around their house to entertain himself and his family which had a significant influence on Harold. His father had several friends that played in country western bands and Harold would occasionally be invited to sit in to play a tune or two. Harold was around 14 year when he started to play in those country gigs. He also bought a cheap set of drums and would bang around on those in a "garage band" with all of his buddies.
After high school, Harold enlisted in that Navy and bought an acoustic guitar to kill time on board his ship. A few months after his discharge he bought his first "real" guitar which was a 1973 cherry sunburst Les Paul. He started to play in a few rock and roll bands and was playing in local clubs.When he was introduced to jazz and fusion he began to seriously focus on learning the structure of chords and overall music composition.
He started a band called Just Us performing funk, disco, and reggae (Santana was one his favorites!).After the breakup of his first band he joined a local group called the Clarence Grant Orchestra and then later CGO2. After the breakup of CGO2 and the birth of his first son, he put the guitar down and focused on raising his family. Harold would occasionally take a job to fill in for a wedding band and others but did not really have time for much else as he started coaching ice hockey and that focus on his family continued for 20 years.
In 2005 Harold was called by a friend to help a group of inexperienced musicians get started to play professionally. That event rekindled his musical interest and he started playing his guitar with a much more serious frame of mind. He started to attend jam sessions at local pubs to sharpen his chops but wanted even more musical activity.
He built a complete music studio in his garage, which is now affectionately known as "Garaj Mahal" and has conducted his own jam sessions on a regular basis inviting musicians from all over the Pittsburgh area to participate. One of those people was his nephew Brian Diamond. Brian called him and said, “I have a show to do at Wooley Bully's. You wanna do it?”, of course Harold said yes. That was the formation of Left Over Blue, which is now called Mum's Gunns. He played with them for 4 years.
Harold hosts a regular monthly jam session at the Fallout Shelter in the basement of the Sheffield Lanes in Aliquippa. He also has another project called Aziz which is a jazz fusion influenced group consisting of Ed Mowad, John Davis, Rick Gault, and Christian Timothy Phillips.Another friend Harold met during those garage jam sessions approached him about starting a blues band. That formed the creation of a band called "32-20"in 2011.
In the summer of 2012 he was asked to join Bobby Thompson's band "Blu Soul", while continuing his tenure with 32-20. 32-20 crashed in the summer of 2015, and once again Brian Diamond approached him but this time with the idea of a classic rock/swing band with horns and I was ecstatic about the overall concept. That brought Harold to the formation of MoJoDia and The Fireball Horns.
He has built his own amplifiers and modified guitars to his own personal standards.
Amplifiers currently consist of: 1 Mesa Boogie Mk II purchased new in 1978. His amplifier builds include: a 50 watt point to point Dumble Clone, a 50 watt point to point JCM 800 clone, and 40/ 22 watt Deluxe Reverb Modified clone.
Guitars: 1973 Les Paul Sunburst, an Epiphone ES-339 Pro, a Butterscotch Telecaster, a Schecter C1+, a Chris Shiflett Telecaster. The Epi ES- 339 and the Butterscotch guitars are his favorites.
The biggest influences in his playing style are/were Carlos Santana, Al Dimeola, Larry Carlton, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Robben Ford.