Suavo J. and 88Bones
Suavo J. ft. Mr. 88 and the Bones was brought to life in October 2012. Four young musicians, raised in the home of the Blues and such great recording studios as Sun Studios and Stax Records, came together to put some Memphis soul in the bones of those people who hear them play. These self-taught musicians take influence from Memphis greats like Booker T. and the M.G.s and new age greats such as John Legend. With a unique mix of all genres of music, including Blues, Jazz, Neo Soul, Alternative and R&B, these Bones have two goals: to expose the world to Memphis Soul and to put some of that soul in your bones!
Suavo "Silky Smooth" Jones, Beale Street's "Youngest Living Legend," began playing trombone as a teenager in high school, attending Stax Academy as a teenager, winning all 5 talent shows he competed in. He put down the trombone after high school, pursuing a rap career. After six years, he picked his trombone back up and began to blow again. He walked down to Beale and instantly impressed his fellow musicians. His hard work and dedication has gotten him work with many bands and artists from around the country and several genres of music, including Blues, Jazz, Latin, Neo Soul, and Reggae. Currently he plays with the 2013 IBC Finalist Ghost Town Blues Band, alongside his partner, Jeremy and in several other bands throughout Memphis, TN, but his personal project is the Bones.
Jeremy Powell, aka Mr. 88, was born in South Memphis and grew up just a few blocks from Stax Record Studios. As a young boy, he learned to play the drums in the church. Around the age of 10, he began to teach himself the organ and piano by watching his blind Uncle Jerry on the organ at church. He learned theory by playing trumpet and piano all throughout high school, and has continued to perfect his skills as a musician as he grew older. At the age of 17, Jeremy was playing the Blues in juke joints and holes in the wall throughout the city of Memphis, eventually landing a gig on Beale Street. For three years, Jeremy has played with the likes of the Ghost Town Blues Band (2013 IBC Finalists), Vince Johnson and the Plantation Allstars (2 time Memphis Blues Society Reps in the International Blues Challenge), the Eric Hughes Band, Carl Sims, and many others. Now he has partnered with Suavo as the other head of the Bones.
Johnny Webb, aka Johnny Bones, is a young drummer who grew up around the corner for Stax in South Memphis. He has been playing the drums since he was old enough to hold the sticks, and is the perfect pocket drummer. He also adds his vocals to the mix for a few songs the Bones play. He is the perfect time keeper, and with his laid back personality and sounds, fits right in with the Bones.