Originally from Berkeley, California, Jessica and Tony Jones are the core of the Jessica Jones Quartet, performing this show with West Coast allies including Noah Garabedian on bass.
This is the Bay Area celebration of the release of the Quartet's new album, Continuum, which is being released on January 22nd. The diverse album showcases Jones' collaborators, from the Caribbean-inflected “Just As It Is” featuring 89-year-old jazz crooner Ed Reed, to the sweet and soulful “For The Cats On The Continent,” a vehicle for the impressively self-possessed 17-year-old alto saxophonist Devante Dunbar, who studies with Jones. Trumpet star Ambrose Akinmusire, a former Jones student, contributes on the strikingly beautiful world-jazz closer “Continuum Reprise,” a trio track with Mali’s Mamadou Sidibe, an innovative force on the kamali ngoni.
From lustrous ballads to free improvs, from Thelonious Monk to Billy Eckstine, Continuum captures the frisson of a creative community exploring and listening together. Embracing her status as a veteran with hard-won knowledge gleaned from the music’s formative masters, Jones says there’s nothing quite like “the satisfaction that comes with watching young people grow. I get inspiration from them to develop my own music, just like I do from a master like Ed Reed.”
The Jessica Jones Quartet is an improvising jazz ensemble which performs original experimental music, which 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. The 30+ years of partnership between Jessica and Tony are apparent in the intimacy and spontaneity of their collective sound.
The Quartet has played venues on the East and West Coasts, including Yoshi’s and Dizzy’s Club, and at the Knitting Factory Festival in New York City and other festivals on the West Coast, including headlining with special guest Don Cherry. The group has released several CDs to critical acclaim, including Nod, featuring Tristano-lineage pianist Connie Crothers and Joseph Jarman of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and their most recent, Moxie. Poets, storytellers, and guest musicians often augment the core quartet as the band continues to explore creative alliances.
This concert features:
Jessica Jones, tenor sax
Tony Jones, tenor sax
Noah Garabedian, bass
Jason Lewis, drums
and special guests from the album sitting in, including Ed Reed on vocals and Mamadou Sidibe on Kamali Gouni.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!