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Saxophonist Jessica Jones is on a Continuum

Read "Saxophonist Jessica Jones is on a Continuum" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Jessica Jones Quartet's latest album, Continuum, is the product of an earnest and organic execution of musical creativity. Continuum features Jessica Jones on tenor saxophone, tony Jones on tenor saxophone, Stomu Takeishi on bass, Kenny Wollesen on drums, Devante Dunbar on alto saxophone, Ed Reed on vocals, Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, and Mamadou Sidibe on Kamali ngoni. Joins Jessica and me as we talk about the album, the Bay area, cats in Africa, and other not quite related topics. Playlist ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jessica Jones Quartet: Moxie

Read "Moxie" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Moxie is both an extension of tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones' previous work and a glimpse back to an earlier point in her career: she continues to explore the possibilities inherent in a piano-less quartet with a two-tenor front line while reuniting with a rhythm duo that she worked with in the '80s--bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Kenny Wolleson. The music that she makes here, with that team and fellow tenor/husband Tony Jones, is predictably unpredictable, grounded yet far-reaching, and irresistibly ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jessica Jones & Mark Taylor: Live at the Freight

Read "Live at the Freight" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Live at the Freight chronicles a June 2011 date at the venerable Freight & Salvage coffeehouse in Berkeley, California, co-led by tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones and French horn and mellophone player Mark Taylor. The compositions, all originals and mostly quite good, are split between the two leaders.The first slightly unusual twist to the quartet is the presence of the French horn, rather than a trumpet. Saxophonist Jones makes the case for the French horn this way: “Trumpeters don't ...

INTERVIEW

Jessica Jones: More "Word"

Read "Jessica Jones: More "Word"" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones has worked with the likes of Joseph Jarman, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Steve Coleman and Peter Apfelbaum. A current resident of Brooklyn, NY, she lives with her saxophonist/husband Tony and is a long time jazz educator focusing on children to develop their talent for improvising, composition and oral tradition.

She has previously released Family (Nine Winds, 1997) and Nod (New Artists, 2004). Word (New Artist, 2008) includes poetry, song, and some free ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jessica Jones Quartet: Word

Read "Word" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

The provocative Word takes a few bites from different pies, making it quite an interesting album. This is a Jones family project--leader, pianist and saxophonist Jessica is joined by husband Tony (saxophone), daughter Candace (vocals) and son Levi (bass).

Jessica Jones, Bay Area native, is now a resident of Brooklyn. Both she and her husband have a background working within the free jazz community with artists including Joseph Jarman, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor and Peter Apfelbaum. ...

LIVE REVIEW

Jessica Jones Live at Bowery Poetry Club, NYC

Read "Jessica Jones Live at Bowery Poetry Club, NYC" reviewed by David Miller

Jessica Jones Quartet Featuring Candace Jones Bowery Poetry Club New York, New York July 13, 2008

The first notes of Candace Jones' voice hit me like a tornado. Sure, they were sung softly, but that did not lessen their impact. I smiled to myself. So much beauty in the world. Saxophonist-composer-bandleader Jessica Jones and her band/family (more on that later) invaded the Bowery Poetry Club on July 13 under the guise ...

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Jazz Musicians

Read "All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Jazz Musicians" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Jessica Jones Trust improvise give all you are to the bottom of the barrel don't fold don't fold know the melody before you start improvising and never avoid a solo just because you don't know the melody tell a story weave your little heart out dance like you will never get another chance let the baby play let the baby play listen to the music find the voice that speaks to you they won't believe it ...


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