NEWS

January 7th 2016

Happy New Year everyone! Some exciting news to start the new year off. My debut album Short History was named one of Downbeat Magazine's best albums of 2015. It's a huge honor for me to have my work recognized in such a historical publication of jazz and then to be considered at such a level! Hopefully I can do the same on my next record. 

Speaking of which, I'll be heading to the Banff Creative Arts Centre in Alberta, Canada this month. As a composer in residence I'll finish writing new music for my next album and also start working on a project for a large scale jazz minimalistic symphony. 

Some fun performances and recordings are also happening at the beginning of this year. I'll be performing with Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph at CMA and then we'll be heading into the studio to document Matt's 2013 work City of New York. I'll also be performing with my own group at the Cornelia Street Cafe on January 18th as part of Cornelia Street's Saxophone Festival. The band will feature Alex LoReMatt DavisJohannes FelscherGlenn Zaleski, and Colin Stranahan. Sharing the bill that evening will be great saxophonist Jeremy Powell

Look out 2016! Time to get to work...

You can check out my album here:

Quick Update: back from Banff, check out the results in the video!!

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About

Hailed as a “force to be reckoned with” (StepTempest), saxophonist and composer Paul Jones is creating his own brand of unique and stylized jazz and is an in demand sideman in the US and abroad. With a singing yet dark toned saxophone coloring Paul creates music that is based in the history of jazz and classical music while infusing elements from the modern pop aesthetic. Making music that is challenging and complex while remaining attainable as a simple song is the crux behind Paul’s musical world. “Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple” (Charles Mingus).

Short History, his recent debut album as a leader, received a four star rating from Downbeat Magazine; the recording was noted for showcasing his melodic yet gutsy playing while highlighting his individual harmonic stylings and varied literary and musical influences. “Jones and his ensemble shift moods with throttle-forward speed, revealing so many musical possibilities right off the bat that the listener gets the impression that anything can happen” (Downbeat).

Short History opens sparsely with tenor saxophone and piano improvising over the original ballad Women, inspired by the Charles Bukowski novelAs the band begins to fill in the space around the tonal theme this playing continues and does so in both covers (I Could Write a Book and Hey, It’s Me You’re Talking To) plus original tunes. They display why Mr. Jones is noted as having “creativity up to his eyeballs” (Midwest Review). Released through Blujazz PublicationsShort History features the front line of Alex LoRe on alto saxophone, Matt Davis on guitar, Sullivan Fortner on piano, Johannes Felscher on bass, and Jimmy Macbride on drums.

In NYC, Paul has performed at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, St. Peter’s Church, The Kitano, Tea Lounge, Shapeshifter Lab, Café Vivaldi, Highline Ballroom, and Rockwood Music Hall. In the fall of 2014 he was a finalist in the Julius Keilwerth Saxophone Idol Competition where he performed alongside Ernie Watts at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. Paul regularly collaborates and has recorded with Matt Davis’ band Aerial PhotographNicky Schrire Plus 4, Leon Boykins’ Interval Songs, Jonathan Parker’s The Interloper, Ryan Khun’s Circle, and Yuki Shibata’s Come and Go.

Internationally Paul has been featured at Ronnie Scott’s and the Library Club in London. With Aerial Photograph Paul performed at the Contemporary Music Institute in Zhuhai, China, at many of the prominent jazz venues in Seoul, South Korea such as Club Evans, and at the Jarasum Jazz Festival, the largest jazz festival in Asia. Through Amsterdam Conservatory’s Keep an Eye on Jazz program Paul was a featured performer at the famed Bimhuis.

Interested in many styles of music, Mr. Jones’ pop career has also been quite active. He recently recorded with Sebastian Kole for Motown Records, Ryan Leslie of Universal Records, and Eli “Paperboy” Reed for Capitol Records. As a member of Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s Trueloves, Paul performed at festivals and clubs across 35 states, Canada, and Europe, including Lollapalooza, South by South West, and the Beale Street Music Festival. Paul regularly collaborates and has recorded with the Uptown PartydownBrett FergusonTory HannaThe Jack MovesAdam Lasher, and St. Lucia.

As a teacher Paul imparts his passion for learning to his students by using music as a tool to help them grow as individuals and achieve in whatever field they choose. Paul has taught privately at CenterStage, Harrison School of Music, Needham Music, PS-290, and the Rye Arts Center. During the summer he has taught courses in music theory, improvisation, music history, and lead ensembles at camp Encore Coda in Sweden, Maine. Internationally, Paul has given masterclasses at the Contemporary Music Institute in Zhuhai, China and the Gimcheon School of the Arts in Korea.

Today, Paul makes his home in New York City where he has reoccurring performances at the Bar Next Door and the Cornelia Street Café. Active members of Paul’s bands include Henry Cole, Phil Markowitz, Fransico Mela, Sam Miniae, Yasushi Nakamura, Clarence Penn, Marcelo Pellitieri, Peter Slavov, Colin Stranahan, and Glenn Zaleski. Paul holds degrees from Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music (MSM). Some of Paul's teachers have included Charlie Banacos, Hal Crook, Gary Dial, George Garzone, Tony Malaby, Phil Markowitz, Donny McCaslin, and Steve Wilson. While at MSM Paul had the opportunity to perform alongside Randy BreckerDave Liebman, and Joe Lovano.

Upcoming plans include releasing a suite for jazz quartet based on Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major and Gaspard de la nuit, plus a studio album of original songs based on continuing Paul’s process of turning words into melodies, and a live album recorded at the Bar Next Door. 

PROJECTS

The Uptown Partydown

This New York based funk band is the product of Jake Robinson and Alex Hayes' years of loving funk music in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts, where the two are originally from. The group started in the spring of 2010 and has been hitting audiences hard ever since. The group has performed at such venues as Stage 2 Rockwood Music Hall, Sullivan Hall, Cameo, and the Highline Ball Room. Check out the band's EP, Live Album, and single here: UPD Bandcamp.

The group features:

Jake Robinson - Drums, composition, leader
Alex Hayes - Electric Bass, leader
Christine Tambakis - Vocals
Kerong Chok - Keyboards and Synth
Nick Biello - Keyboards and Synth
Tim Basom - Guitar
Andrew Gould - Alto Saxophone
Jimmy O'Connell - Trombone
Paul Jones - Tenor Saxophone

Nicky Schrire Plus 4

I was fortunate to record with New York based South African singer Nicky Schrire this past fall for her upcoming debut album Freedom Flight.  The group performs Nicky's original arrangements in NYC at venues such as Cafe Vivaldi and the Cornelia Street Cafe.  She also performs regularly in her home country of South Africa. [Lauch Website]

The group features:

Nicky Schrire - Vocals, Leader
Nick Paul - Piano
Jake Goldbas - Drums
Sam Anning - Bass
Jay Rattman - Clarinet
Paul Jones - Tenor Saxophone
Occasional Members - Glenn Zaleski - Piano, Taylor Eigsti - Piano.

Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the TrueLoves

Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the Trueloves is a Boston/NYC based Soul group that I was a part of from 2007 to 2008.  With the Trueloves we covered the United States, Europe, and Canada.  The band later went onto Japan, Australia, and many other countries throughout the world.  It was a really great experience for me to get to see so much of the world through music.  The band is still performing widely today and is signed to Capitol Records.  [Launch Website]

The band featured:

Eli Reed - Vocals, guitar, composition, leader
Ryan Spraker - Guitar, composition
Mike Montgomery - Bass
Andy Bauer - Drums
Patriq Moody - Trumpet
Ben Jaffe - Tenor Saxophone
Paul Jones - Tenor Saxophone
Joe Tooley - Road Manager

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Leap Organ Collective

The Leap Organ Collective (Name Pending) is a jazz group of friends from Manhattan School of Music.  Each member of the group brings in original material to be performed.  We recorded a demo in June of 2011.  I'm glad to be able to present the rough cuts of everything here.

The group features:

Paul Jones - Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Gould - Alto Saxophone
Kerong Chok - Hammond Organ
Tim Basom - Guitar
Dustin Kaufman - Drums

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