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Dave Jones Trio

Recent News: One of Dave Jones's library music tracks has recently been featured in the long-running hit sit-com series 'The Big Bang Theory' - see the news story here...

Biography: The Dave Jones Trio formed recently following Dave's return to South Wales, having worked as a pianist on the East Anglia, London and South East jazz scenes for around 20 years. During this time he performed at numerous festivals including Brighton, Edinburgh, Soho Jazz, Canterbury, Cambridge, Norwich and Kent. He has also appeared at the Vortex, Dean Street Pizza Express (Soho), The Bass Clef, The Spice of Life (Spice Jazz), 33 Arts Centre (Luton), The Hawth (Crawley), Komedia (Brighton), the National Portrait Gallery (London), and most of London's major concert hall foyers including the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Royal National Theatre. Dave's many pick-up gigs have included performances with guests such as Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Mornington Lockett, Dick Pearce, Dave Cliff, Steve Waterman, Dave O'Higgins, Robin Jones, Asaf Sirkis and Gilad Atzmon.

Dave has recorded several sessions for BBC National Radio at Maida Vale Studios London and Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham, which were subsequently broadcasted by Dave Gelly and Digby Fairweather. Also, he has recently featured on several Welsh TV programmes on S4C (Wedi 3 and Wedi 7) with Tomos Williams and Daniel Williams of 'Burum'. His early CD releases include the 1996 debut album 'Have you met Mr. Jones?' (PARCD507), featuring and produced by drummer/percussionist Robin Jones. This was followed in 1999 by an album for Vivid Records in Kingston, featuring Herbie Flowers on bass.

'Impetus', released in 2008 is comprised entirely of Dave's compositions, with the whole trio contributing to the arrangements. This trio is also the rhythm section for other ensembles including the jazz/folk band 'Burum', and the Glen Manby Quartet. Mark O'Connor (drums) and Chris O'Connor (bass) are also involved in a number of other ensembles including the Jones O'Connor Group, Paula Gardiner Trio, Gareth Roberts Quintet, and Os Sambistas.

The London launch of the 'Impetus' CD at the Vortex in July 2009 saw the formation of a new trio, with Ashley John Long on bass and Lloyd Haines on drums. This trio is featured on the new album 'Journeys', which was released on Fri 11 June 2010. 'Journeys' also features a number of guests including Lee Goodall (saxes), Gareth Roberts (trombone), Tomos Williams (trumpet), and the Mavron Quartet.

'Journeys', like the previous 'Impetus' CD, has been extremely well received in all its reviews, and was chosen as Jazz CD of the week in the London Evening Standard by jazz critic Jack Massarik (13/08/2010). This, and other reviews of both albums can be accessed via CD Baby.

Dave has featured on albums by other bands such as 'Alawon' by Burum, and as pianist/arranger on the album 'Bliss' by vocalist/bassist Miranda Sykes who is currently touring with the folk group 'Show of Hands'. His festival performances in recent years include the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC, the Guardian Hay Festival (for Sky Arts), Brecon International Jazz Festival, and most recently the 2011 Oxford Jazz Festival.

The newly formed Dave Jones Quartet (featuring saxophonist Lee Goodall and bassist Ashley John long) is the result of a collaboration with Irish drummer/composer Kevin Lawlor. In 2011, the Quartet performed new compositions by each member of the group at venues in Ireland and Wales, including the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray (near Dublin), Wexford Arts Centre, the George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow, and the Aberjazz Festival in Fishguard. Dave's 'Journeys' Trio with Lloyd Haines and Ashley John Long recently accompanied award winning saxophonist Simon Spillett at gigs in Cardiff and Pontypool.

June 2012 will see the release of Dave's new album, and this year he will also appear on two other new albums by 'Burum' and Kevin Lawlor.