5 Questions with Darius Jones

Are you familiar with the NYC composer/saxophonist Darius Jones? With his upcoming Ottawa appearance taking place on Tuesday, September 18th at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage, we took the opportunity to get know him on a deeper level.  Jones will perform the most recent album from his Man’ish Boy Epic, an ambitious multi-recording of nine albums reflecting his unique aesthetic and cosmology. Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) is the fifth album in the series and features the distinctive talents of French singer and composer, Emilie Lesbros. The concert will feature the two reunited alongside bandmates Ches Smith – drums, Sean Conly – bass and John Escreet – piano & rhodes.  

Here are 5 questions that will give you insight into the world of Darius Jones








Q) If your music was a dish served at a restaurant, what ingredients would you include to make up this plate?

A) Wild Alaskan Salmon grilled to perfection enhanced with some salt and pepper. Accompanied by raw red cabbage, chopped kale, chopped green onions, chopped yellow peppers, and chopped chili peppers lightly sautéed in olive oil and cracked black pepper. 

Q) Who are 5 of your dream collaborations? (Living or dead)

A) Sun Ra








A) Muhal Richard Abrams







A) Death Grips










A) Nina Simon










A) Max Roach










Q) What’s your spirit animal?

A) Wolf

Q) What advice can you offer to aspiring young musicians?

A) Be fearlessly yourself, disciplined, and open-minded. Focus on the craft more than fame. Be mindful of your mental, spiritual, and physical health at all times. 

Q) If you could give your 14-year-old-self life advice, what would it be?

A) Think and dream bigger. Believe you are capable of more than those around you suggest that you are. Find adults who will inform, inspire, and empower you towards your goals. 


To learn more about Darius Jones, check out the following interviews by Ottawa Citizen and ARTSFILE.


Darius Jones Quartet feat. Emilie Lesbros

Ches Smith – drums
Sean Conly – bass
John Escreet – piano & rhodes
Emilie Lesbros – voice
Darius Jones – alto saxophone

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 – 7:00 PM NAC Fourth Stage

Price: $30

Tickets available for purchase through the NAC (National Arts Centre) at the link below:


Or you can ORDER BY PHONE: 
1 888 991-2787 (NAC Box Office)