The Jones O'Connor Group

The Jones O'Connor Group

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Described by Jazzwise magazine as “Excellent forward thinking Brit Jazz, Hip and Unpredictable with taste to spare”, the Jones O’Connor Group are one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the increasingly vital Jazz scene in Wales.

Biography

Based in Cardiff in South Wales, the group has recieved great praise from audiences and critics alike for their vibrant live performances and two critically acclaimed albums. The band have reached out to audiences beyond the jazz scene by virtue of the accessible musical innovation and energy their music has.
As much at home with post rock pioneers as they are with the modem wave of jazz innovators, the band moves freely between genres and draw comparison with bands such as Polar Bear, Jaga Jazzist, Led bib and The Chicago Underground players such as Jeff Parker.

All four members of the band are established performers in their own right, and have played with some of the U.K Jazz world’s biggest names.
Paul and Richard won a P.R.S. Foundation award for best-unsigned artists in 2004.
Richard, Chris and Mark all play in the Wales Jazz Composers Orchestra (alongside Huw Warren), and Paul was commissioned by the P.R.S Foundation to write them a large scale work in 2006 along with his role as Composer in Residence at the International H.S.B.C Brecon Jazz Festival 06.
Chris also leads a Brazilian folk group called Os Sambistas that features Mark and Richard, and which undertook extensive Arts Council funded tour in early 2007 featuring Bosco d'Olivera.
Paul Jones recently packed out the Wales Millennium Centre with the inaugural performance of his new piano duo with Keith Tippett (under who both he and Richard studied at the RWCMD).
Other individual performance highlights for the group include working with Jason Yarde, Jim Mullen, Bobby Wellins, Claude Deppa and Damon Brown amongst others, and playing at festivals such as the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, The London Jazz festival, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Bath Jazz Festival, The Glastonbury Festival, The National Experimentica Festival, The Sonic Arts Expo and the Womad festival in Caceres, Spain.

“a seemingly bottomless well of resources and influences.”
Jazz Views

Discography

New Jazz Wales Vol 1 - 2003. (Red Eye Music Ltd)
Compilation album feat track "Snowseen"
Alpha - 2005 (Joc Records)
A Crow for every Crow - 2007 (Joc Records)

National radio airplay of tracks from both Alpha and A Crow for every Crow.
A Crow for every Crow featured on Last FM, i - Tunes and Amazon.

Set List

Enough material for 2hrs
Typical set time 2x45 or 1x60
Typical set list includes mix of material from first two albums, weighted to our latest release.

e.g.
set 1
1. Pumpkin
2. Cinesine
3. Dead Ahead
4. Moondog
5. A Crow for every Crow
6. Snowseen
7. Turnturtle
set 2
1. True Story
2. Johnny Two Hats
3. No - Wave
4. Worker Bee
5. The Visitor
6. Sirens
7. Sonista