Following his initial musical training in Cambridge where he studied classical piano with the concert pianist and composer Philip Mead, Dave attended the first ever Jazz, Rock and Studio Music Summer School at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he was inspired by tuition in jazz piano and harmony with Lionel Grigson.
He then embarked on a musical career which initially included regular performances and recordings with the jazz funk band '706' and trumpeter Nick Hill, as well as pick-up gigs in London, East Anglia and the South East of England with Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Mornington Lockett, Dick Pearce, Dave Cliff, Robin Jones, Herbie Flowers, Asaf Sirkis and Gilad Atzmon.
In 1996 he released a very well received debut CD, 'Have you met Mr. Jones?' (PARCD507), featuring and produced by Robin Jones, and in 1999 whilst studying for an MA in performance and studio composition at Kingston University, London, Dave co-produced a second album, this time at the Gateway Recording Studios for their record label, featuring bassist Herbie Flowers. More recently, since returning to his native South Wales in 2003, he has accompanied Dave O'Higgins, Steve Waterman, Karen Sharp, and Tommy Harris, and with his own trio has backed award winning saxophonist Simon Spillett.
Dave launched his acclaimed 'Impetus' (DJT003) trio album at London's Vortex Jazz Club in 2009 (see reviews page for Chris Parker's review of this performance). The album highlights his output as a composer in a piano trio context, featuring Mark O'Connor on drums and Chris O'Connor on bass.
'Impetus' was rapidly followed in 2010 by the highly acclaimed 'Journeys' album (inspired by Dave's visit to Washington DC in 2009 to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which sees his new trio with Ashley John Long (bass) and Lloyd Haines (drums) joined on several tracks by the award-winning Lee Goodall on saxes, together with horns (Gareth Roberts and Tomos Williams) and occasional strings (The Mavron Quartet). In January and February 2011, the track 'Hey DC' from 'Journeys' was featured in a 'radio style' in-flight programme for Air New Zealand and Cathays Pacific, selected for use by BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and author Alyn Shipton.
Dave's increasing interest in composing and arranging for larger ensemble was reflected in his 2012 album 'Resonance', which features a similar line-up to 'Journeys', but with the addition of Gethin Liddington on trumpet and Kevin Lawlor on drums. 'Resonance' has attracted substantial media attention in numerous excellent reviews (see the Shop and Reviews pages) and also via airtime on BBC Radio 3's 'Jazz Record Requests' presented by Alyn Shipton, and Jazz FM's 'The Cutting Edge' presented by Mike Chadwick. The album has also been featured on BBC Radio Ulster's 'Jazz Club' (including an interview with Dave about his compositions), and tracks have also been aired on RTE's 'The Blue of the Night'.
In November 2012, Jazz Journal featured Dave in a profile of his work in jazz written by their editor Mark Gilbert, including excerpts from an interview during summer 2012 (see the Reviews page for the full article). Subsequently, Dave started writing for Jazz Journal, in the form of CD and Book reviews, articles (including a cover article on Grammy Award-winning pianist Michel Camilo, and a monthly series of articles entitled The Classical Tinge, which discusses the influence of classical music on jazz).
In 2013 Dave performed at the Lorient Interceltique Festival (France) and the 'Aberjazz' Festival, and in 2014 toured India with 'Burum' with dates in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Goa, and he also appeared with them at the Brecon and Teignmouth Jazz Festivals. Dave also returned to Ireland for one of numerous tours with the Kevin Lawlor Trio, and in late 2014 released the new album 'Live at AMG 2014', which was launched at Dempsey's in Cardiff (see a review of this launch gig on the 'Reviews' page).
The Dave Jones Quartet performed at the Swansea International Jazz Festival and Aberjazz in 2015, and later that year Dave recorded a new duet album with bassist Ashley John Long (which was released in 2016) and again toured India with 'Burum', this time collaborating with the Indian musicians Suhail Yusuf Khan, Vishal Nagar, and Aditya Balani to form the new band Khamira who subsequently performed at the Kolkata and Goa Jazz Festivals.
2016 saw Dave achieve substantial success in his composition work for TV and film, having tracks used in the hit US sitcom The Big Bang Theory, a Mexican drama called 'Las Aparicio', and 'Location, Location, Location' in the UK, amongst others. He has many new media tracks due for release in early 2017 via The Gold Leaf Music Library. Dave also recorded an album with Khamira at Martin Levan's Red Kite Studio, which is due for release in May 2017.
In early 2017, The Dave Jones Quartet recorded the album 'KeyNotes', with a slightly new line-up featuring Ben Waghorn on tenor sax and flute, who has also recorded/performed with bands including Goldfrapp, Kasabian and Portishead - "Waghorn reaches peaks of intensity that make one wonder why he continues to remain something of a best-kept secret in British jazz." (Spillett, 2017). 'KeyNotes' is available as a CD and download from Sunday 26 Feb 2017, when the album is launched at the Black Mountain Jazz Club in Abergavenny.
Dave continues to write for Jazz Journal magazine with numerous CD and book reviews, artist profiles, and also live reviews for their website from e.g. Ronnie Scott's, the EFG London Jazz Festival, and the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award. He also plans to publish a book entitled The Classical Tinge in Jazz (based on his series of articles on the subject for Jazz Journal) later in 2017.