Guest Instructor - JW Jones

B.B. King Riff from JW Jones 30 Riffs in 30 days series

Maple Blues Award-winning, JUNO-nominated Ottawa bluesman JW Jones is offering online lessons for Blues guitar. 


In addition to his own band Jones performs with the HOROJO Trio who took home the Gold in the 2020 International Blues Challenge, and Jones was presented the Gibson Guitar Award for the best band guitarist.

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Jones continues to evolve as one of Canada’s most versatile bluesmen, with one foot in the terra firma of the traditional blues espoused by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf sideman Hubert Sumlin and harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite (who both guested on Jones’ memorable Midnight Memphis Sun, recorded at the historic Sun Studio) and blues contemporaries Robert Cray, for whom the JW Jones band has occasionally opened, he continues to challenge and raise his standards through his recordings and the 130 dates on average yearly that he clocks in on the road.


With the last JW-Jones studio project, the Colin Linden-produced High Temperature, capturing the coveted Memphis Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge honours for Best Self-Released CD, the frequent resident of Billboard’s Top 10 Blues charts and Canadian roots radio favourite continues to accelerate his career momentum to new heights, whether it’s as a personally requested sit-in with the likes of blues legend Buddy Guy, opening for blues rock icons Johnny Winter and George Thorogood or entertaining thrilled audiences in 23 countries and four continents.

“Audiences get excited because it’s all so organic,” notes Jones, who stretches out on his new album Live with his Goldtop Gibson Les Paul. “The blues is such a universal language, and the fact that we never play the same solo twice just adds to that vibrant energy, which I think we really capture on this album.”


Live also embraces Jones’ continuing appreciation of modern days blues music, reflecting Jones’ growing modern tastes. “When I first started out, I studied old blues records and wanted to be accepted by my heroes. I wanted them to notice that I was staying authentic to the sound. Over the years things have changed, and I want to play and write music that moves me, even if it doesn’t sound like a Chicago blues tune cut in 1956. I feel that I need to play the music that speaks to me personally.”

“Jones proves that he is not just a gifted guitarist, singer/songwriter but he continues to represent and channel the old school blues sound which has been handed down by the greats, whilst at the same time adding a contemporary twist which blues music fans can relate to in the present day” – National Rock Review [England]