Voted Best Jazz Singer in New Hampshire by New Hampshire Magazine, Joan is a equally passionate singer and advocate for the music. Joan Watson-Jones is well known throughout New England as both a singer and the creative force behind her own popular jazz show, “The Jazz Room” a 1/2 hour Internet based radio program on www.cyberstationusa.com
Her mother Aurelia Wheeldin was a dancer who spent 1924-26 performing at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Not only did she dance but she worked up an act with another dancer in which they regularly boxed three rounds on stage, causing a sensation. Back in the United States she was a pioneering female boxer, performed in Eubie Blake’s Shufflin’ Along, and appeared at the Apollo Theatre in a production called "Harlem" before retiring in 1940 to marry Joan’s father, a physician who helped start the Upper Manhattan Medical Group in Harlem in NYC
Here’s a video about Joan’s Mom the Dancer and the Boxer
Video - Mother Wore Boxing Trunks
mother's boxing trunks, Quiet conversations a duet, mother wore boxing trunks, aurelia wheeldin, booking
Joan Watson-Jones is a very expressive vocalist who burns quietly with inner intensity when she sings. She has deep understanding of the words she interprets, and has a natural sense of swing. She brings an energy to her Jazz that would appeal to new listeners and long time jazz fans.
Jazz Critic - Scott Yannow