Mark Jones To Play The Iridium Jazz Club
Jazz pianist Mark Jones will be at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York July 29th, 2009. Performing in his ensemble, “Sound Sculpture,” will be Rob Thomas on violin, Ken Filiano on bass, and Jay Rosen on drums. The performance will start at 7:00 pm.
Originally from Cleveland, Jones’ musical roots are in the blues, and as a teenager, he performed with Jr. Wells and other blues legends. Mr. Jones holds a degree in visual art and has shown his paintings in Soho. In the early 1970′s, while studying at Kent State, he was determined to translate his abstract visual stylings into sound. To accomplish this, he studied composition, orchestration, conducting, and took private piano lessons with such 20th Century jazz masters as Walter Bishop Jr., Cecil Taylor and Sal Mosca in New York. He has also studied at Columbia, NYU, the Cleveland Music Settlement, and the Westchester Conservatory.
Mark Jones‘ music is a freshly innovative, uncompromising, virtuosic and poetic, with traces of influence found in such varied sources as Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Debussy, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Brahms, Bach, Bartok, the 12 tone serialists, 60′s folk and rock, and world musics, especially those of Spain, India, and Brazil, where he has spent winters for the past 20 years.
Mark Jones is one of the best kept secrets in the music world. A reclusive artist who rarely performs in public, or on recordings, Mr. Jones is one of the few contemporary musicians who possesses a completely original piano style and has authored a new book of truly memorable, engaging compositions that serve as new standards for improvisation. He has also composed various classical works, music for theater and taught in universities and privately.
Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway (corner of 51st)
New York, NY 10023