Catch Oliver Jones Saturday, October 4 at the Grand Theatre Kingston!
Oliver Jones' diverse musical training has served him well throughout a career spanning more than six decades. Daisy Peterson Sweeney (Oscar Peterson's sister) was Jones' fist piano teacher and continued to give Oliver lesssons for more than a decade. By the age of five, Jones was performing publically and at age nine he had his first nightclub performance. Following this classical music education, Jones played regularly at Montréal's Café St-Michel and became well-known for his enthralling and acrobatic playing style. This virtuosity and flexibility served Jones well when he became the musical director and pianist for Jamaican singer Kenny Hamilton -- a post he held for 16 years -- before returning to Montreal to pursue jazz professionally.
Since his return to jazz and Montréal 1983, Jones has released 20 albums, won numerous awards, including a Juno for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year in 2009 for Second Time Around. A frequent headliner at Jazz festivals -- P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival, Jazz Sudbury Festival, and, of course, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal -- Jones' credits live performances, those in Montréal in particular, with giving him the exposure that made him a household name.
Jones' performance at the Kingston Grand Theatre will be followed by a Talkback led by Kingstonian and jazz musician Chantel Thompson (Sirens & Stars).