JW-Jones Big Band

Thursday June 30 @ 7:30pm at OLG Stage - Marion Dewar Plaza

JW-Jones - vocals, guitar
Jesse Whiteley - piano
Will Laurin - drums, vocals
Jacob Clarke - upright bass, electric bass, vocals
Dan Dufour - rhythm guitar

JW-Jones has toured 23 countries across four continents and released eleven albums over his 20-year career. His latest, Sonic Departures features a 17-piece big band.

While some of Jones’ earlier albums included full horn sections, and a collaboration with David “Fathead” Newman (of Ray Charles fame), Jones has primarily toured as a three or four piece band. He's been a winner at the Maple Blues Awards, and has received sixteen nominations.

Big bands evoke the grandeur of times past and offer a glimpse into the magic and romanticism of the arts and culture scene of the last century. By definition, a big band is a type of musical ensemble that consists of seventeen musicians with saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section. They originated during the early 1910s and dominated jazz in the early 1940s during the popular swing era.

Jones’ big band performs a crowd-pleasing mixture of classic blues, soul, and swing. Also included; Jones’ original music, which has consistently landed him on the Billboard Top 10 Blues charts, won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and earned a JUNO nomination.

From the smooth vocal crooning of Sinatra to the soulful guitar stylings of B.B. King, and all points in between, this is sure to be a concert you won’t want to miss!