Ed Jones :Tenor/Soprano Saxophones
Riaan Vosloo:Double Bass
An award winning Uk jazz saxophonist/composer who has been based in London for over 25 years. He works in the UK and internationally with a wide range of his own projects and collaborations.
His experience as a sideman reflects his diverse musical interests: He has worked with Free jazz pioneers John Stevens,Evan Parker.US Jazz Legends Horace Silver, George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Dr Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland, and Clifford Jarvis. Leading Uk Jazz Musicians such as Dick Heckstall-Smith, District Six, Jason Rebello, Orphy Robinson, Claire Martin, Don Weller, Byron Wallen, Tim Richard’s Great Spirit, Damon Brown, Monk Liberation Front ,Jonathan Gee, Larry Bartley’s Justus. As a session musician he has performed and recorded with crossover projects such as Incognito, Us3, Jamie Cullum , Terry Callier, and Nostalgia 77, through to R/B legends such as D’Angelo, Bootsy Collins, Chaka Khan Tina Turner, Carlene Anderson, Noel Mccoy and Omar.
He has received numerous composition commissions including:
Arts Council Composition Grant:The Pipers Tales 1993
BBC Jazz on 3 and Bath Festival to write and perform with a 10 piece Uk/Scandinavian electro/acoustic ensemble Burn,(co-led with Finnish Trumpeter Mika Myllari)(2000)
Southern Arts:”Triptych (3 accidents)” (2004) Woodwinds/Piano/Beats/Electronics inspired by the work of the English painter Francis Bacon.
British Council to compose and perform 1000 Plateaus based on the writings of Gilles Deleuze as part of Expo 2005 in Japan.
Most recently in 2014 a commission from London Jazz Festival in collaboration with The Guildhall School Of Music Jazz Orchestra.
In 2016 Leeds College Of Music Jazz Orchestra Commissioned a new suite of compositions entitled “Pathways”
”A formidable saxophonist. Ed Jones may have hit his highest profile through his work with bands US3 and Incognito, but he’s an improviser to his fingertips, a player of forceful imagination, and one of the Uk’s most distinctive saxophonists.” John Fordham The Guardian.
”The Vigorous, sometimes downright volcanic tenor sound of Ed Jones has long been one of the great live delights of British Jazz. His barnstorming ‘terrier with a rat’ approach raises the musics temperature whenever he solos“. Chris Parker, Jazzwise.
“One of the most fluent and forceful saxophonists in Europe” Jack Massarik Evening Standard
”One of Europe’s most exciting and innovative bandleaders”–BBC Music Magazine
“Risk taking arrangements and compositions, seriously engaging territory” Tom Barlow Jazz wise
“Inventive, physical, full of life, on the edge and unmistakably of today” Chris May, All about Jazz
“For Best gigs of 2016 twice this year – at the 606 with Killer Shrimp and a low-key pub gig – from someone with his ‘out’ image, the most imaginative and exciting evenings of song book and jazz standards I have heard in years. – Brian Blain LondonJazzNews.com