viernes, 13 de mayo de 2016

Jessica Jones Quartet continuous celebrating "Moxie"

Jessica Jones Quartet: Moxie

The CD: 
Jessica Jones Quartet

Tracks: 1. Moxie; 2. In a Sentimental Mood; 3. Haitian Cotillion; 4. Soft Target; 5. Dear Toy; 6. Clapping Game; 7. Tag on a Train; 8. Manhattattan

The Musicians:
Jessica Jones (tenor saxophone, piano); Tony Jones (tenor saxophone); Stomu Takeishi (bass); Kenny Wollesen (drum)
The face of my music for the last 20 years has been my Quartet. It was conceived with my husband Tony Jones, and first came into the world under the name Rhythm Crush, which soon evolved into the Jessica Jones Quartet.Tony and I both compose for the band.  Personnel has changed over the years, but we've always been privileged to play with wonderful creative musicians. The core group is a pianoless quartet of two tenor saxes - myself and Tony - and bass and drums.  We often augment the group with extra horns, voices, and other special guests.  And sometimes I play the piano, which would make Mrs. Runkle proud.

The Jessica Jones Quartet is an improvising jazz ensemble which performs original experimental music.
Their music derives from the jazz tradition using structured original compositions as a framework for freer improvisation. Combining two tenor saxophones with bass and drums, the group creates an exciting, robust new soundscape.  Working with drummers and bassists on the forefront of the experimental jazz scene has allowed the group a level of exploration that gives birth to a unique sound.  The compositions of Jessica Jones and husband and fellow tenor saxist Tony Jones are currently given life by the innovative and energetic rhythm section of drummer Kenny Wollesen and bassist Ken Filiano.  The eclectic musical backgrounds of the band members infuse the music with the energy and creativity of new textures while remaining firmly rooted in the jazz tradition.

The Jessica Jones Quartet has played in the Knitting Factory Festival in NYC, and the Eddie Moore Jazz Festival in Oakland, California, where the group headlined with special guest Don Cherry.  The group has been featured in venues on the east and west coasts of the US and released two CDs (Family on Nine Winds, Nod  featuring Connie Crothers and Joseph Jarman on New Artists) to critical acclaim.  Their most recent release, Word (New Artists),  features vocalist Candace Jones, poets Arisa White and Abe Maneri, and french horn player Mark Taylor as well as young lion saxophonist Dayna Stephens holding down the bass chair for much of the CD.

Poets, storytellers, and other collaborators from Tristano-lineage pianist Connie Crothers to innovative jazz French horn player Mark Taylor have been augmenting the core quartet as the band continues to explore creative alliances and seek new adventures.

Jessica and Tony Jones

Cadance JonesVocals
Vocalist Candace Jones is a superstar waiting to explode on the international scene. Performing since she was four, Candace has an array of awards and accomplishments behind her in classical, jazz and R&B music. She counts among her influences John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Stevie Wonder among others. Born in New York City and raised in the jazz-rich culture of California's Bay Area, she won local talent competitions and by the age of 11, had secured a seat with the highly heralded, Young Musicians program in the University of California; where she trained as a classical vocalist. By the time she was 18, Candace had garnered a slew of accolades:
  • NAACP® Act-So Regional Competition: first place, classical voice
  • Stanford Jazz Camp: only vocalist in the top combo, awarded scholarship
  • Berklee College of Music: scholarship to summer camp, then awarded scholarship towards college
  • Lead role in FAB, a 6-week professional musical in San Francisco (fulltime, while still attending high school)
  • San Francisco Grammy® Choir member
Now based in Brooklyn, New York, Candace has been working at the highest levels in a variety of musical genres over the last five years, including starring in touring companies of Dream Girls, Ain't Misbehavin, Hair and Fame; sang as a weekly headliner at the Cotton Club; collaborates, writes, arranges and records for R&B artists.

The next presentation will be on Jessica Jones Quartet Rail Trail Cafe, River Road Extension, Stone Mountain Farm, New Paltz, New York, on May 29, 2016,  but before share this video:        

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