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Marshell Jones


Dubbed the Funky Jazz Priestess by her ever-growing following, Marshell Jones is a New York-based vocalist/songwriter who weaves striking stories of life, love and other unsolved mysteries. An eclectic mélange of standard jazz and classic soul, Marshell’s performances entice audiences with her lyrical wit and gutsy improvisations. As Time Out New York music critic, Mike Wolf, has written: “Marshell Jones has a strong voice [that] sings, wails, howls, whispers, chants.”

Collaborating with some of the most inventive jazz musicians on the New York scene, Marshell’s performances highlight her amazing ability to stretch the limits of the first instrument: the human voice. Her latest collaborators include Xavier Davis, Chuck McPherson, Leon Dorsey and Nick Rolfe.

In a most evocative way, Marshell integrates her versatile instrument into the rich soundscape of the ensemble, traversing an impressive spectrum of cultures, times and emotions.

Marshell’s self-produced début CD, Evidence of Things Not Seen, marks the beginning of her journey as a recording artist. Evidence of Things Not Seen is available for purchase at most major online retailers and music streaming sites. Physical CDs can also be purchased at or

Marshell has studied vocal techniques in both the jazz and the European classical styles, having trained most recently with: Joey Blake, of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra; Marie Afonso, formerly of the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Zap Mama; renowned jazz bassist and Coltrane collaborator, Reggie Workman; and jazz guitarist/composer, Gerry Eastman, who has performed and recorded with such legends as Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie.

The Marshell Jones Kollaborative has performed at an impressive array of venues such as the BAMcafé Live! Music Series (Brooklyn Academy of Music), The Knitting Factory and The Celebrate Brooklyn! Arts Festival, in collaboration with Soul II Soul’s former lead vocalist Caron Wheeler and the Montclair Women’s Jazz Festival.

In December 2000, Marshell had the honor of performing as a featured soloist in Accra, Ghana at a venue where the country’s then president, Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, just happen to be in the audience. In July 2001, The Marshell Jones Kollaborative made its debut appearance at Artscape, Baltimore’s annual international festival of the arts, as the opening act for Grammy Award-winner, Ruben Blades.

In addition to performing, Jones designs and facilitates her Lift Every Voice! A Cappella Improvisation Workshops in the U.S. and abroad, bringing together communities of sound-makers for unique music-making that heals and inspires.

Marshell is a recipient of the Fulbright Performing Arts Travel Grant (Sénégal, Ghana, Côte D’Ivoire).
She is also featured in Head of the Class-The Lion King Project (Bravo! Film & Arts Network 2000) and
As I Am: Young African-American Women in a Critical Age, a highly acclaimed photo-documentary by Julian C. R. Okwu (Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1999).