Joan Watson-Jones performs at Lilypad on October 9 with music from her latest CD, ‘Choices’


Singer Joan Watson-Jones, a mainstay of the New England jazz scene, returns to the Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA on Saturday, October 9 at 4:30 p.m. Pianist Frank Wilkins, bassist Dave Zox and drummer Alvin Terry will join Watson-Jones to celebrate his latest CD, Choices. Tickets cost $ 12.00 and are available at www.joanwatsonjones.com/lilypad-tickets.

Joan Watson-Jones is a singer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist and host / producer of The Jazz Room, an online radio show where she plays music and interviews some of the biggest names in jazz. On Choices, her fourth album, she presents a program of her own original songs with music and lyrics, as well as two standards.
Watson-Jones lives in New Hampshire, but spends much of her time in her family home in Harlem, New York, where she grew up. Entertainment is in its DNA. Her mother was a dancer who performed at the Moulin Rouge in Paris and later became a pioneer boxer. His father, a respected doctor, helped start the Upper Manhattan Medical Group and was part of the team of doctors who saved Martin Luther King’s life when he was stabbed while signing books in a Harlem department store in 1958.

Watson-Jones has been playing music since the age of four, when she began taking piano and tap lessons from her mother’s former manager. She credits her tap dance years for developing an impeccable sense of rhythm. Over the years, she continued her piano studies and also learned to play guitar and drums. Although her father supported her musical studies, he was also a very practical person and encouraged her to pursue an academic path. She earned a master’s degree in music education and had a long teaching career, first in the Bronx and then in New Hampshire, where she eventually settled. With encouragement from her husband, she decided to follow her passion and retired from teaching to build a full-time career as a performer and writer.

Watson-Jones’ group includes three old friends with whom she has performed and recorded in various settings for 25 years. Pianist Frank Wilkins is his arranger, accompanist and creative partner. He has a long list of credits, including backing from Dee Dee Bridgewater. Wilkins also accompanied Watson-Jones on his previous CD, Quiet Conversation, an intimate duo project. Bassist Dave Zox and drummer Alvin Terry are the longtime rhythm section of Watson-Jones who joins her on Choices and Lilypad.

Watson-Jones recorded his own lyrics on other albums, but this is his first project with almost all of the original material. To Watson-Jones, nothing is more important than the people in his life. She is a natural storyteller, and the stories she tells grow from her life experiences.

The concert at Lilypad is presented by Eye of Samantha Productions, LLC. For more information on Joan Watson-Jones and her music, log on to www.joanwatsonjones.com.

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