New York City-based guitarist, bassist, singer/songwriter, and bandleader Jon Paris was raised in Milwaukee and cut his teeth in a procession of area bands in the 1960's. In recent years, Paris has branched out into jazz through his long friendship with guitar legend and inventor Les Paul. Paris is best known as a longtime sideman to Johnny Winter in his various trio groups during the 1980's and 1990's, but in recent years Paris has launched his own successful solo career. He recorded Rock the Universe in 1996 for Fountainbleu Records and Blue Planet in 2004 for the New Jersey-based Blues Leaf Records label. In his time in New York City, Paris has backed a who's who in the world of blues and blues-rock, including Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Hubert Sumlin, Elvin Bishop, Phoebe Snow, Percy Sledge, Big Jay McNeely, Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, and John Hiatt, and he's shared the stage with most of his heroes, from B.B. King to Freddie King to Luther Allison to John Mayall. In addition to releases under his own name, Paris can be heard on a slew of recordings by Johnny Winter.