Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Jazz at the Church" Spotlight: Warren Jones III, Bassist

Warren Jones appears for the first time at our Jazz at the Church series with Laura Didier and Jim Martinez in January 2010.

Here's a GREAT bio on him, culled directly from his website....

"Warren L. Jones III has spent more than 30 years as a professional bassist, composer, clinician and teacher.

"He has performed and recorded with national and local musicians and entertainers in the Valley of the Sun since 1980.

"A Jazz Bass Performance graduate of the Arizona State University School of Music in 1986, he has taught in high schools, community colleges, and was an adjunct faculty member of the ASU Jazz department. Currently he is an adjunct faculty member at Mesa Community College.

"He appears with both local and national artists on more than 30 CDs and DVDs. Mr. Jones has composed over 30 pieces of music for various diverse ensembles. His compositions and arrangements have been performed locally and internationally.

"Warren was a founding member of the award winning Craig Render Quartet in the 1980's and has been mentioned in Downbeat magazine as a musician to be noticed in Arizona.

"Warren has performed as a sideman on many jazz recordings, including two releases by the Phoenix Jazz Quartet, several with the Keith Greko Trio, “Live at Inspirations” with Bob Kindred and Chuck Marohnic, "The Complete Phoenix Recordings" with the Carl Fontana/Conte Condoli Quintet, "A Cool Brassy Night at the North Pole" with Summit Brass, Fred Forney's "Into the Mist", and the critically acclaimed Bob Ravenscroft Trio's , “Live at Taliesen West”.

"Warren has been, and is a leader of several jazz ensembles, including the Trio 2000, the Quartetto del Sol, and the Phoenix Jazz Quartet with Armand Boatman and the Moio Brothers. His most recent group "BRIDGES" features Jacob Koller on piano and is a critical success."

For more information on Warren, and to purchase his CD go to his website, found HERE.

Finally, here's a video of Warren playing with guitarist Chris Champion on "All Blues.."

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