A UK jazz saxophonist/composer who has been based in London for over 25 years, Ed works in the UK and internationally on a wide range of his own projects and collaborations. He formed his first group "Ed Jones Quartet" in 1987, featuring Geoff Williams on piano, Rob Statham on bass and Winston Clifford on drums. They were the first band to play at the old Jazz Cafe on Newington Green and Ed was a regular performer on the emerging Acid Jazz scene at clubs such as The Wag and Dingwalls. In 1991 he formed a new quartet with Jonathon Gee on piano, Wayne Batchelor on double bass and Brian Abrahams on drums. They recorded "Pipers Tales" in 1991, released on ASC in 1995. From 1995-2004 his main ongoing 'solo' project was a quintet (featuring Byron Wallen on trumpet, Jonathan Gee on piano, Geoff Gascoyne on double bass and Winston Clifford on drums) with which he has recorded ''Out Here" (ASC 1997). In 1997 Finnish Trumpeter Mika Myllari joined the band for the first of many collaborations and recorded "Seven Moments" (ASC 2002). His experience as a sideman reflects his diverse interests. Over the past decade he has performed with U.S jazz musicians George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Charles Earland, Horace Silver, Clifford Jarvis and Dr Lonnie Smith. In the UK he has appeared with Dick Heckstall-Smith, John Stevens, District Six, Evan Parker, Jason Rebello, Orphey Robinson, Claire Martin, Don Weller, Byron Wallen, Tim Richard's Great Spirit, Damon Brown, Monk Liberation Front, Jonathon Gee and Steve Plews' Ascension and Paisean bands. As a session musician he has worked with amongst others Chaka Khan, D'Angelo, Herbie Hancock (Headhunters), Omar, Aswad, Tina Turner, Caleen Anderson, Alison Moyet, Philip Bailey, Bootsy Collins, Kid Creole, Mori Kante, Maysa and Terry Callier, and has long standing connections to jazz crossover projects US3 (1992-) and Incognito (1995-), having been a regular band member of both.
"A formidable saxophonist... he’s an improviser to his fingertips, a player of forceful imagination, and one of the UK’s most distinctive saxophonists." John Fordham, The Guardian.
"The Vigorous, sometimes downright volcanic tenor sound of Ed Jones has long been one of the great live delights of British Jazz. His barnstorming ‘terrier with a rat’ approach raises the music's temperature whenever he solos." Chris Parker, Jazzwise.
"One of the most fluent and forceful saxophonists in Europe." Jack Massarik, Evening Standard.
"One of Europe's most exciting and innovative bandleaders." BBC Music Magazine.
ASC CD50 Seven Moments (£10) Ed Jones
Ed Jones - soprano/tenor saxophones | Mika Myllari - trumpet | Jonathan Gee - piano | Geoff Gascoyne - double bass
Winston Clifford - drums | Nicol Thomson - trombone
ASC CD17 out here (£10) Ed Jones
Ed Jones - tenor saxophone | Byron Wallen - trumpet | Jonathan Gee - piano | Geoff Gascoyne - double bass
Winston Clifford - drums | Max Beasley - vibraphone
ASC CD2 Pipers Tales (£10) Ed Jones
Ed Jones - tenor saxophone | Jonathan Gee - piano | Wayne Batchelor - double bass | Brian Abrahams - drums