INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SERIES
From New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco
Willie Jones III Quintet
APRIL 28, 2018
TICKETS - MEMBERS $26, GUESTS $30
DOORS 7 PM - SHOW 8 PM
Willie Jones III - drums
Mike Olmos - trumpet
Ralph Moore - tenor sax
Eric Reed - piano
Gerald Cannon - bass
With an unparalleled style of rhythmic expression, drummer Willie
Jones III is one of the world's leading jazz drummers. In addition
to honoring his monumental influences - the late greats Philly Joe
Jones, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins - Jones' bold articulation and
constantly innovative sense of swing are results of his life-long
Jones was a student of the great drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. He came out of the Los Angeles scene and his relevance to the '90s is instantly identifiable through associations with projects such as "Jungle Music" by Black/Note. He performed on the Grammy-winning "Hot House" album by trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, was part of pianist Horace Silver's lineup of horns in the '90s, and had a sideman gig with vibraphonist Milt Jackson. Gigs such as these and an ensuing relationship with trumpeter Roy Hargrove are all part of a spice cabinet rich enough to convince the drummer that he ought to begin serving up a stew of his own.
He has released several recordings as a leader on his own WJ3 Records label. His 2012 disc "Plays the Max Roach Songbook" received a four star Downbeat review. Jim Macnie noted that "Jones is one of the most animated drummers on the New York scene. Long story short, when they set up shop at Columbus Circle last January, they owned this stuff."
Willie Jones III is touring in support of his latest release "The Thing Is", also on WJ3 Records. For his third Yardbird Suite visit, he brings an outstanding group of great musicians including Mike Olmos on trumpet, Ralph Moore on saxophone, Eric Reed on piano and Gerald Cannon on bass.