Edgar William Jones (born 4 December 1970 in Liverpool), also known as Edgar Summertyme, is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Jones was originally the bass player and singer-songwriter for The Stairs and has since formed and fronted The Isrites, The Big Kids, Edgar Jones & the Joneses and Free Peace. He has also played as a session musician for several artists including Ian McCulloch, Paul Weller, Saint Etienne and Ocean Colour Scene.
1990-1994: The Stairs:
Jones formed The Stairs with Ged Lynn and Paul Maguire, a 1960s-oriented band with English Beat, Garage Rock, Blues Rock and Psychedelic influences. The band's manager, Jason Otty, would often play harmonica, and the band would later feature 2nd guitarists Carl Cook and Daniel Kearney before splitting in 1994. The band achieved cult status with the album Mexican R'n'B (1992).
1995-2001: The Isrites and The Big Kids:
Jones also formed The Isrites with Sean Payne later of The Zutons, Paul Maguire's younger brother Dave and Luke Goldberg later of Book, and The Big Kids again with Sean Payne and Russell Pritchard later of The Zutons, and Howie Payne of The Stands. Although both bands split before releasing anything, material has since been issued on several compilations released by The Viper Label.
2002-2011: Edgar Jones & the Joneses and Free Peace:
Having ditched the Summertyme pseudonym, Edgar released his first solo album as Edgar "Jones" Jones in 2005 entitled Soothing Music for Stray Cats which encompassing elements of jazz, R&B, soul and doo wop and was recorded on a portastudio donated by Johnny Marr. Edgar then followed the album up with Gettin' a Little Help from The Joneses backed by The Joneses in 2007 and The Masked Marauder in 2009.
Jones formed Free Peace in August 2008 with his nephew Nick Miniski and guitarist Stuart Gimblett. An EP was released via gigs, mail order and independent record shops in Liverpool and were in the process of recordings their debut album, which was set to be released on their own label, Loud Soul in October 2009. The band saw Jones return to the 3 piece rock sound of The Stairs and they had reportedly finished about 20 songs for their debut album. Despite regularly gigging, including major support slots with Oasis, the band split up with an album entitled "Stormy Weather" released under the name "The Edgar Jones Free Peace Thing" in September 2011 on The Viper Label over s year after the band disbanded.
2012-present: Solo work:
Under the name Edgar Summertyme, Jones released his fourth solo album Sense of Harmony in 2012.
Since the breakup of The Stairs, Jones has worked with Ian McCulloch on Mysterio (1992),Paul Weller (live and appears on Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD (2000)),Johnny Marr in an early version of The Healers (where he was replaced by Alonza Bevan previously of Kula Shaker), Saint Etienne, Cherry Ghost on their Thirst For Romance (2007) and Lee Mavers following the departure of John Power from The La's.
Edgar Summertyme - vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards (1990-1994),
Ged Lynn - backing vocals, guitar (1990-c. 1993),
Paul Maguire - drums (1990-1994),
Carl Cook - guitar (c. 1993/1994),
Daniel Kearney - guitar (c. 1993/1994),
Jason Otty - backing vocals, harmonica (c. 1990/1993),
The Big Kids
Edgar Summertyme - vocals, guitar,
Howie Payne - guitar,
Russell Pritchard - bass,
Sean Payne - drums,
Edgar Jones & the Joneses
Edgar Jones - vocals, bass (2003-2008),
Kristian Ealey - vocals (2003),
Candie Payne - vocals (2003),
Mike Marshall - guitar (2003-2004),
Nick Miniski - drums (2003-2004),
Paul Molloy - guitar (2005),
Jamie Backhouse - guitar (2005-2008),
Austin Murphy - saxophone, guitar (2005-2008),
Grenville Harrop - drums (2005-2006),
Hugo Harrison - double bass (2005-2006),
Robert Stringer - piano (2005-2008),
Karl Penney - drums (2006-2008),
Paul Blakesley - bass, double bass (2006-2008),
Edgar Jones - vocals, bass,
Stuart Gimblett - guitar,
Nick Miniski - drums,