Eye of Samantha Productions LLC

Joan Watson-Jones Jazz Ensemble in Concert

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March 5, 2022 4:30 - 6:30PM (Saturday)

The Lilypad
1353 Cambridge St. 
Cambridge , MA  02139


Event Description

Ingenues get the lion’s share of the attention, but jazz is an art form that rewards patience, and the most incisive performers draw on a deep well of experience…JOAN WATSON-JONES continues her evolution…creating music shaped by a fabulous family legacy.


Part of what makes Watson-Jones such an evocative performer is that she is a member of the band rather than a frontwoman.  And what a band!  FRANK WILKINS, a gifted pianist, arranger, and music director whose credits including backing Dee Dee Bridgewater is Watson-Jones’ hand-in-glove accompanist and longtime creative partner.  The rhythm section tandem of DAVE ZOX and drummer ALVIN TERRY deliver consistently tasty and expertly calibrated propulsion.  Watson-Jones gives her bandmates space to shine, but everyone’s working in the service of the songs, a string of musical pearls grown from hard-won wisdom and hard work on the bandstand.  After discovering her voice as a singer, Watson-Jones reveals herself as a bard of the human condition, a journey that continues apace.  Coming into your own as a jazz artist ‘takes a lifetime, because you’ve gotta find yourself before you can be yourself in the music,’ she says, a trenchant truism that could well turn up in a future Watson-Jones song.” – Andrew Gilbert – freelance writer, San Francisco Chronicle, Jazz Times KQEDArts, Berkeley

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Frank Wilkins
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Dave Zox
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Alvin Terry