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Jessica Jones Quartet - ShapeShifter Lab - Dec. 21 - CD Release Performance
(Published: December 17, 2015)

Jessica Jones Quartet
New CD "Moxie"
Two-Tenor Sax Madness!

CD Release Performance: December 21, 2015
ShapeShifter Lab - NYC
8:15pm - $10

Just Returned From South African Tour!

This rare two-tenor quartet busts things wide open with new music, joined by old friends! Reunited After 30 Years!

CD Release Performance:
ShapeShifter Lab - December 21
18 Whitwell Place - Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 646-820-9452

Hot off a tour of South Africa where she also was teaching at a jazz camp for female instrumentalists, tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones hits the streets of New York City this coming Monday with her quartet at ShapeShifter Lab!

In addition to leading workshops and mentoring young sax players at the Jazz Camp for Female Instrumentalists based out of Mamelodia and Pretoria, Jessica and Tony worked in a collaborative band co-led by local bassist and music educator Jesse Mogale and featuring his brother, the legendary Moss Mogale on guitar This group, comprised of students from Mogale's music school, played several gigs in the area including Winnie's Jazz Nightclub, Afrikan Freedom Station, and the historical Liliesleaf Farm. The multi-generational unit, whose drummer was only 11 years old, played original music by Jessica and the Mogale brothers and hopes to record in the future.

MOXIE is the new release (12/8/15) from the Jessica Jones Quartet, reuniting band members from one of the band's original incarnations from over 30 years ago. Jessica recruited bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Kenny Wollesen in the early 1980's when they were both still studying at the New School. Since then they have gone on to stellar careers in the creative jazz world, performing with many eclectic and exciting musicians.

The Jessica Jones Quartet has played in the Knitting Factory Jazz Festivals, and the Eddie Moore Jazz Festival in Oakland, California, where the group headlined with special guest Don Cherry. The group has been featured in venues on the east and west coasts of the US and has released three previous CDs to critical acclaim. The band reunited for one special night at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center (1/9/2014) and immediately hit the studio to document the results.

The album includes originals by saxophonists Jessica and Tony Jones that sweep across the spectrum from hard-driving swing to heart wrenching ballads and incorporates a modern take on a Haitian dance groove as well as a floating, serene journey through Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood."

As Jessica relates, "It was a joy to go into the studio with Kenny and Stomu; so much creativity came forth on songs I thought I already knew. Stomu and Kenny are fearless and incredibly skilled in the art of making music sound new and go places it hasn't gone before. Kenny responds and supports every sound, tiny to large, and Stomu is like a wild card pulling you down a road you didn't see before. I love what they brought to the sound of the band. The feeling was familiar yet the music was new." Jessica and Tony Jones have shared the stage with Don Cherry and Cecil Taylor among many other widely celebrated artists.

The foundation of this quartet is based in the history of the music, influenced by the leaders of modern jazz. The Jessica Jones Quartet is once again nodding at the past, reflecting the present, and calling to the future.

More Information: http://jessicajonesmusic.com/

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