A curated weekly event! Alan Jones presents a variety of projects & ensembles. With weekly wine and food specials. This week: The Alan Jones Sextet. Led by jazz veteran Alan Jones and made up of the finest, most exciting musicians on the new world scene.
Charlie Porter (trumpet), Joe Manis (alto), Rob Davis (tenor), Randy Porter (piano), Jon "Sticky" Lakey (bass), Alan Jones (drums, compositions)
The Toronto Globe and Mail called his trio performance at the Top of the Senator with Phil Dwyer and Rodney Whittaker one of the "Top 10 moments in Canadian jazz."
Born in Longview, WA, Alan was raised in Portland, OR where at the age of 6 he began playing drums and guitar. By 16 he was on the road with the notorious organist from Amsterdam Count Dutch and Native American saxophonist Jim Pepper. Alan graduated from Berklee College of Music, studied with the master, Alan Dawson, and spent 2 summers at Banff Center for the Fine Arts in Canada. Alan has learned drumset and brush technique at the feet of Elvin Jones, was taught the shuffle by Art Blakey and has gotten invaluable insight and advice from Tony Williams, Jaco Pastorius and Billy Higgins.
He has performed, toured and/or recorded with a long list of some of the music's greatest artists including: Andrew Hill, Leory Vinnegar, Red Mitchell, Kenny Wheeler, David Friesen, John Abercrombie, Jim Pepper, Miroslav Vitous, John Clayton, Cecil Taylor, Bud Shank, Randy Brecker, Denny Zeitlin, Dave Liebman, Airto Moriera, George Cables, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, Ingrid Jensen, Dave Holland, Charles McPhereson and Esperanza Spalding. A master teacher in the best jazz tradition, Alan's love and understanding of music and his ability to communicate, both as a player and a teacher led him to the creation of The Alan Jones Academy of Music. AJAM is an innovative education system focused on personal and collective improvisation from grade school through retirement, and prompted the city of Portland to honor him with an award for "Outstanding Achievement in Jazz". Students have been involved in projects ranging from collaborating with Michael Curry on multimedia stage presentations to balancing on tightropes to playing in international jazz festivals.