Every city has a person that is not known by the mainstream, but truly respected and followed by the underground. In the 5th largest city in United States that title falls onto Lee Jones. His name is shouted throughout the North East Coast and whispered around the world. Thousands of people have dance to his music and have gone home completely satisfied.
Learning from fellow friends and world renowned DJ’s-Producers-Remixers King Britt, Dozia Blakey & Josh Wink. Lee paid his dues opening for many parties in the Philly, DC & NYC area. However, what would normally take others years to accomplish, Lee mastered quickly. Three months after his first time ever touching the tables, Lee secured a job at “Revival”, a popular underground club in Philadelphia. Instantly, he gained a loyal following with his selection of new & old tunes. Within the year, Lee was offered the Saturday night slot at the infamous “Black Banana” a private and trend setting club in America. The clientele was who’s who of the Tri-State area. Lee’s residency maxed† the clubs capacity every night & soon people were arriving early to get space on dance floor for his famous “Love Deluxe” party.
Looking for a larger venue “where more people could dance” Lee took his party to Shampoo, a mega-club with 3,000 people capacity. There with freer reign and unlimited promotional budget, Lee created some of the most memorable nights in Philadelphia. Being loyal to his following, while at Shampoo, Lee began a policy, which he still holds true to today. “ If you’re not here to dance, please move of the dance floor”. After this announcement would be made over P.A., security was instructed to sweep non-dancers off the floor and allowed room for those who wanted to participate. Immediately more offers came for Lee’s talents & soon he was spinning between many clubs on the North East Coastline including NYC’s “Life” Nightclub.
Not satisfied with his position, Lee planned a party on Tuesdays, the slowest night in Philly at a time. The party was called “Judy Boots” and took place in a remote part of Center City Philly. By the first anniversary, the crowd would often swell into thousands, in fact the club had to install speakers outside to accommodate those who could not fit in the venue. Soon “Judy Boots” became the biggest party in Philly and rivaled many clubs on Saturday nights. People from all over would swarm in and jam to the soulful, sexy sounds of Lee Jones. For five years, this party surpassed all expectations with DJ’s from around the world coming in to guest spot with Lee. The party was such a success that Lee created an after party called “Ruby Lounge” that continued the vibe as well as the large numbers of people.
Playing “house is all it’s forms”, Lee keeps the dance floor going. Known for his Vocal house selections, club goers are never surprise to hear obscure cuts that make everyone scream in excitement. Up until last year, Lee’s demand was so high that he played eleven parties a week. No matter what day of the week or time of the night, thousands got their proper dose of House music from Lee. He is known lovingly as the “hardest working DJ in town.” Currently Lee cut down his schedule to spend time supporting other up & coming DJ’s & in now also working in the studio with a Legendary producer Jon Wicks. This collaboration is out now thought rumors are around that several releases are already out under alias. Lee will not confirm these rumors.
Never one to do anything ordinary. Lee has traveled the world extensively, but choose a few select places to spin. Currently his favorites are England, Spain & Australia, but Philadelphia is where his heart is. Lee just likes the casualness of the city. Whenever you’re in the area stop by and hear Lee at work. He always says, “my music is better than my bio anyway”
“I Play music for the people, DJ’s don’t dance” Lee Jones circa 1994.