Kevin Jones & Tenth World

Kevin Jones & Tenth World

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A very exciting, upbeat and innovative blend of Afro/Caribbean/ Latin Jazz with elements of R&B

Biography

Percussionist/Bandleader Bujo Kevin Jones' newest recording for Motema Music TENTH WORLD LIVE, brings to life the vibrant spirit captured om the band's eponymous label debut. Recorded at the Village Theater in LA's Leimert Park, TENTH WORLD LIVE is a festive multi-curtural affair.
Bujo, a percussionist and leader in the ancient future mode, is heavily steeped in the ancestrial traditions of the drum while at the same time, thouroughly modern in his approach to music. A native of Englewood, New Jersey (NYC Area), Jones grew up in a household immersed in Jazz from Charlie Parker and Grant Green to John Coltrane, along with the pop and R&B legends of the times. Jones traces his percussion expertise to the age-old 'academy of the streets'. Over the years he has evolved an increasingly comprehensive approach to his instruments commanding respect on stages ranging from the Isley Brothers to Whitney Houston to Winard harper to such intricate avant jazz legends as Reggie Workman.
Immersed in drumming since the tender age of 10, Bujo learned to play by the seat of his pants. Neighborhood drummers were prone to testifying on front lawns and park benches, hand drums and various percussive enhancements in tow, their massaging, pulsating, skin on skins thouroughly hooked the immpressionable youngster. Cohorts like Babatunde Lea, and Karl Potter initiated him into traditional African drumming and dance communities where he met Congolese ex-patriot Costar Massamba who provided furthur sustanance and impetus for Bujo to transition from acolyte to master practitioner.
Though not Latino, Jones also found himself magnetically attrated to Latin Music, particularly the Latin Soul sounds that permeated the New York/New Jersey byways during the late 60s/early 70s; sounds lby Nuyorican artists Joe Cuba, Joe Bataan, and assorted Fania soul-seros. He became immersed in Afro-Cuban flavors through the influence and teaching of fellow percussionists Lea, Steve Kron, and Richie "Pablo" Landrum who taught the youngster at one of New York's premier music academies, Jazzmobile. Though now a master in his own right, Bujo considers himself an 'eternal student of the drum' and derives current inspiration from studies with Venezuelan drum master Luisito Quintero, also a core member of the TENTH WORLD ensemble.
In addition to having recorded eight records during his thirteen years wuth the Isleys, Bujo's percussion prowess can be found on recordings by Omar and Angie Stone, Babatunde Lea, Winard Haroer and Joey Defrancesco and House Music iconsLosh Millan and BLAZE (Kevin Hedges) just to name a few. As a live performer, Bujo has graces the bandstands of Whitney Houston, Winard Harper, Reggie Workman, Archie Schepp, Benny Powell, T.K. Blue, Randy Weston, Hilton Ruiz, hip-hop artist Q-Tip, Louie Vega's Elements of Life, and many, many more. A passionate and skilled teacher, Bujo is also deeply dedicated to passing on his 'street academy' music smarts to the next generation, through teaching residensies with Broinx Arts and in workshops at colleges and other youth organizations.
Philosophically, Bujo is among those insightful artists who feel that their music must strive for that delicate balance between true creativity and entertaining enlightenment. "People want to be entertained," he says, "I'm not suggesting in order to become entertainers we have to lower the level
of our musicianship, but people want to go to a club and enjoy themselves, andsometimes the music has become a bit too cerebral. I think music should be more selfless that selfish. I'm here for the people because without the people there would be no music; I could sit home and play to satisfy myself." That attitiute of skillfully balancing creativity and the art of improvisation with a good grove and an innate ability to convey some sunshine to its listeners is inherent in the work to Bujo Kevin Jones.....

Ensemble...

George Makinto - Flute, Piano, Vocals, African Percussion (Musical Director)

Originally from Liberia (West Africa) george Makinto is an extraordinary musician who has expanded the boundaries for many years. He's collaborated with many African bands, and was musical director for Miriam Makeba and Manu Dubango. In the U.S. he has worked with T.K.Blue and Kirk Whalum. George has also led his own group, African Soul, while living in Paris, recording the very successful CD, Am African in Paris.

Kevin Louis - Trumpet (Co-leader)

Kevin Louis is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He earned a Bathelor of Music in Jazz Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and also received a Masters of Arts from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College in New York. he's sharred the stage with Bobby Watson, Jimmy Heath, Carman Lundy, Nicholas Payton, Will Calhoun, and many more. kevin is a Kennedy Center U.S. State Department Ambaasador and has done many internation

Discography

Tenth World Live - 2008 - Motema
Recieving rave reviews and airplay

Tenth World - 2005 - Motema
Recieved Rave Reviews and airplay

Land of Eternal Tranquil Light - 2001 (Tenth World Music)
Light Airplay

Set List

Set length - generally 2 to 3 - 45 minutes sets for club dates
60-90 minutes for concert dates

A typical set consists of a tasteful combination of original music with some tasteful arrangements of some jazz standards included.

Tenth World is very versaitile and can also customize the performance to both the venue and audience.

For example, the Band can play a repertoire of Latin Jazz, Traditonal Cuban with original adaptations. The music has a strong African influence but keeps with the band's strong jazz sensibilities.

An example of a typical set would be:
'Bodhisattva' Wonderful Sound - Bujo's original piece

Hilbrow Vibes - Upbeat Caribbean/High Life feel.

El Cuarto De Tula - Traditional Cuban Standard

Chan Chan - Traditonal Cuban Standard (Originally done by "the Buena Vista Social Club"

Seven Steps to Heaven - Jazz Standard done in our own unique way.

Tu Boca - Latin/Jazz original by former pianist Kelvin Sholar

Mireya - Original Jazz Composition