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Alan Jones

Born in Longview, Washington in 1962. Alan was raised in Portland, Oregon where at the age of 6 he began playing the drums and guitar. In the fertile artistic climate of 1970's Portland he spent his early years listening outside of jazz club windows to such musical greats as Jim Pepper, Mel Brown, and Count Dutch. In fact, it was the organist from Amsterdam, Count Dutch, who after hearing the 16 year old at a jam session hired Alan to work with him on the road. It was a collaboration that was his first training ground and lasted until Dutch's untimely death three years later. Moving to Boston in 1980 he graduated from Berklee College of Music and spent 2 summers at the Banff Center for the Fine Arts in Canada.

New York City in 1984 when Alan arrived was, as always, a busy and exciting city for a young jazz musician. Alan quickly began organizing jam sessions at the Brooklyn apartment building he shared with Jim Pepper and bassist Ben Wolf. Through his association with Pepper, Alan came into contact with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry Elvin Jones, Ed Blackwell, Jaco Pastorius, and many others. By 1987 Alan had made a number of recordings and was working up and down the coast as well as in the city. Following were 4 years of extensive touring throughout the U.S. with The David Friesen Trio and in Canada with Kenny Wheeler.

Alan next moved to Europe, splitting his home between Vienna and Paris. He has since enjoyed outstanding success appearing in Europe's leading jazz festivals and touring in England, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Italy, The Czech Republic, etc.

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Portland

Credentials/Background

With the opening of the Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM), jazz students can now receive the personalized instruction of a private lesson combined with the experience of being in a “real world” jazz band. Each student will attend a small ensemble class that is comprised only of the members of their band. Band members will receive individual coaching from Alan - with assignments designed just for them - while also receiving instruction in group interaction and teamwork, developing a distinctive individual and group sound, building a music repertoire, getting gigs, navigating the “business” of music, preparing for performances/auditions/contests, and more. And each band will perform its repertoire at the world-class jazz club The Cave. Ensemble groups meet with Alan each week for a 2-hour training session. Tuition is $60 per week, and is to be paid in advance at the beginning of each month. Private coaching sessions with Alan, as needed, are available at the rate of $75/hr. www.ajampdx.com

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Albums

"Storyline"

Self Produced
2015

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"Storyline"

Self Produced
2015

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Climbing (Rough)

Self Produced
2010

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Alan Jones...

Origin Records
2004

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Unsafe

Self Produced
2004

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Three For Three

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By Alan Jones

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