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Willie Jones III


Born in Los Angeles, California on June 8, 1968, Jones' earliest exposure to music was through his father, Willie Jones II, an accomplished and notable jazz pianist, who offered guidance and inspiration to his gifted son. Dedicated to the further development of his skills, the younger Jones spent the next few years working diligently with acclaimed drummers and music instructors and began performing with distinguished musicians by the time he was in his teens. He completed his academic training after receiving a full scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts where he studied under the tutelage of the legendary Albert "Tootie" Heath


Article: Live Review

Willie Jones III Sextet at Jazz Alley

Read "Willie Jones III Sextet at Jazz Alley" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Willie Jones III Sextet Jazz Alley jny:Seattle, WA April 30, 2024 Arriving early to a club performance can give one perspective on what is about to take place. On a Tuesday evening in Seattle, with but a few patrons in the club among the hustle-and-bustle of house staff preparing for the ...


Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Pianist Tyler Bullock

Read "Introducing Pianist Tyler Bullock" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Tyler Bullock began taking classical piano lessons in his hometown of jny: Nashville when he was four years old. Eight years later, he discovered jazz through an organization called the Nashville Jazz Workshop. “It's kind of similar to Jazz House Kids," he said. “They have classes ...


Article: Liner Notes

Ryan Kisor: Awakening

Read "Ryan Kisor: Awakening" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

A man of few words, Ryan Kisor chooses to let his horn do the speaking and obviously it has said volumes over the years when you consider that the trumpeter is one of a select few musicians who has managed to sustain a viable career past the heydays of the jazz renaissance of the '80s and ...


Article: Liner Notes

Ryan Kisor: Power Source

Read "Ryan Kisor: Power Source" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Taking full advantage of what might be termed his “second wind," Ryan Kisor has grown into one of the most mature trumpeters of his generation. Back in 1990 when he impressed his elders by taking the prize at the Thelonious Monk Institute trumpet competition, things appeared promising and a major record label deal even came through ...


Article: Album Review

Sam Taylor: Let Go

Read "Let Go" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Presenting his third offering from the Cellar Live record label, Harlem-based and Philadelphia native, saxophonist Sam Taylor unleashes an exciting bop-filled package of contemporary jazz covers, making a superb job of interpreting the music of composers such as Benny Golson, Hank Jones, Jule Styne and Jimmy Van Heusen and laying down sturdy new treatments of oft-recorded ...


Article: Play This!

Sam Taylor: Let Go

Read "Sam Taylor: Let Go" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A very tasteful and swinging version of the Jimmy Van Heusen classic standard “Here's That Rainy Day," from tenor saxophonist Sam Taylor on his third album as leader entitled Let Go featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford and an all-star rhythm section of pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Neal Miner and drummer Willie Jones III. The quintet sets out ...


Article: Liner Notes

Peter Beets: New York Trio Page Two

Read "Peter Beets: New York Trio Page Two" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

In its relatively short history, American jazz music has established a language that while having some ties to the European tradition is more fully rooted in the rhythms and folk melodies of the African slaves. What is even more significant is the profound impact that the music and musicians have had in breaking social boundaries such ...


Standards and My Songs

Label: Roni Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl); Walk Fast; From Dusk To Dawn; For Pat; Moose The Mooche; This Nearly Was Mine; The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite); Will You Still Be Mine?; She Is Love; Roundabout; Time After Time


New Beginnings

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Recordame; I Could Write a Book; Airegin; Black Orpheus; Peggy’s Blue Skylight; Ms. Garvey, Ms. Garvey!!; Fallen Feathers; I’ll Never Stop Loving You.


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