For the past 25 years, Tenor saxophonist/pianist/composer Jessica Jones has led a pianoless group, the Jessica Jones Quartet, which features her original music and has several critically acclaimed recordings out. The group has played festivals and major clubs on the East and West Coasts of the U.S.
In addition, Ms. Jones is active as a sideman and has worked with Joseph Jarman, Cecil Taylor, and Don Cherry, among others, as well as a variety of Haitian, Caribbean, and African bands. She composed an opera with poet Arisa White, as well as a varied body of additional compositional work.
Jones is an innovative jazz educator and consultant, working with children on improvisation, composition, and oral traditions for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Vision Festival, Brooklyn Friends School, and others. She is active in the JazzGirls Day community, leading the program for Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Jones is a 2019 Jerome Foundation Fellow, and a Jubilation Foundation Fellow, as well as an Artistic Director for REVA, Inc, a non-profit created to use creative arts to inspire, educate and heal people and communities.