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Hilary Jones, born on March 25, 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland, is an American drummer, producer, educator and speaker.
Hilary began playing the drums professionally at age 16. Upon Graduation from the Baltimore School for the Arts she joined the U.S. Navy Band. The first six months of her enlistment were spent at the Armed Forces School of Music, where she graduated with honors. In the next three years her musical duties included performances in just about every musical style, from big band to pop.
After being discharged from the Navy, Hilary relocated to the San Francisco bay area to join "Girlfriend", a hand picked group of musicians formed by acclaimed producer, Narada Michael Walden. Shortly thereafter Hilary worked for many artists such as Maria Muldaur, the Mamas & the Papas, Angela Bofill, Clarence Clemmons, Pete Escovedo, and Ray Obiedo.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Hilary’s success continued as she recorded and/or toured with such artists as Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Scott Henderson’s Tribal Tech, Eric Marienthal, Doc Severinson, Brazilian guitar virtuoso Badi Assad, and Robben Ford. Besides doing numerous recording sessions, Hilary has enjoyed playing on the local L.A scene with bands such as Cecilia Noel and The Wild Clams, The Delphines, and her own band.
As an educator and speaker, Hilary has been a frequent writer for DRUM! magazine and performs instructional seminars internationally.
In May 2001, Hilary released of her debut CD, Soaring, which features Hilary on drums and vocals, Robben Ford on guitar, Jeff Babko and John Thomas on keyboards, Jimmy Earl and Jimmy Haslip on bass.