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Renny J

About Renny J

Riverside, CA

I keep hearing that I'm one of the premier accomplished bass players of recent years. My grandfather & father (Reunald Sr. & Jr. respectively) were well known & accomplished trumpet players. My grandfather, Reunald Sr. (Jonesy), was one of the "Jones Boys", a recording group which also included Quincy Jones & Eddie Jones, and played with Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Buddy Guy (who he spoke of often), Nat King Cole, where he was featured on BBC television special, "An Evening With Nat King Cole" in London & Count Basie, who he played with for many years. He played with Count Basie when Basie won 2 Grammys in 1958 (the very first).

My dad, Reunald Jr. (Bo), also played w/ Quincy Jones, as well as with James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., The 5th Dimension, Diana Ross, Micheal Jackson, Motown (Funk Brothers) & other well-known artists. You can hear his trumpet playing every time you hear the theme songs to the television shows "Sanford & Son" and "Ironside", as well as Chaka Khan & Rufus' song, "At Midnight".

I was raised in the Williamsburg/Bed Stuy section of Brooklyn, NY (Lindsay Park baby!), where I subsequently learned to play drums, keyboard & guitar to accompany my bass playing skills. Through a fortunate turn of events, I played with the group Parliament on the album "Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein" and then w/ Donna Summer on the "Bad Girls" album. After the record company went out of business, I went to Paramedic school where I subsequently worked in this field for about 5 years, and then on to work in the field of Radiology. Afterwards, I eventually returned to and finished college with an AA degree in Administration of Justice. While in college, through serendipity, I played collegiate basketball there (as a point guard) & then played semi-pro football while also establishing my own Private Investigation business.

I now work on my own music while producing others & their projects. I recently recorded w/ Toni Braxton ("He Wasn't Man Enough For Me") & Joe ("I Wanna Know"), as well as with other artists.

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