the makalani movement

the makalani movement

 Austin, Texas, USA

Mashing through beats inspired by Miles Davis, John Coltrane,& Afrika Bombatta, while Popping and Locking on stage and Bodyrockin the crowd,is Makalani Jones; He's a Headliner with originals. "The Makalani Movement", is his spaceship and they orbit the galaxy of funk,jazz,and hiphop. Book us.


Born: 07/05/73 Education: Graham Elementary, Dobie Jr. High, Reagan High School Austin Texas. Mr. Garcia sixth grade band Director, Mrs. Ross seventh and eighth grade band Director, Gary Faust and Larry Petillo high school band directors. High school band directors also include Dr. Lester June Williams of the Peabody Magnet High School Warhorse marching band. Graduated in the top ten percent of his Class in 1991 at Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria, LA. Makalani is a Morehouse College alumni. Music training: currently the project director , artistic coordinator, and workshop facilitator of the golden jazz workshop series , a teaching and performance workshop for highschool students interested in the technical and historical development of jazz with concentration on bebop era, and the modal sounds, and concepts of cool jazz. Private piano lessons at Ace Five, Morehouse School of Music in Atlanta, GA. Received instruction from Wynton Marsalis at a jazz workshop that was open to Morehouse college and Spellman students as well as other students in the Atlanta University center Jazz historian, Blake Gaines was his music theory and applied trumpet instructor. Influences: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Satchmo, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakley Dizzy Gillespie, Bunky Green, just to name a few. Performance highlights: "The Makalani Movement" jazz ensemble played with Eric Vaughn and The Naked Jazz Orchestra, Louis Heriveaux, Tarus Mateen Elgin Manson, Ravi Coltrane, Roy Hargrove, Jaque Lesure, Kdmal Abdul Alim And Superblue, Kermit Walker The Cascade Avenue Bebop Society Hank Ward Zack Gratti, Thad Wilson, Jon Ormond, Sean Barnave with On Poynt Blake Gaines And Wynton Marsalis.
Flucuates from gig to gig due nto cat 's availability,however performances usually include four to eight people. HOWEVER LIKE I SAID ....CAT'S AVAILABILITY.......GIGS THAT PAY WELL MORE TIMES THAN NOT IS INCENTIVE FOR FOLKS TO CONSISTENTLY WORK WITH YOU. GIGS THAT PAY THE LOW BALL MONEY, MAKES IT VERY HARD TO GET ANYONE TO TAKE THE GIG WITH YOU. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, I am Makalani Jones, and regardless if I play as a duo or an orchestra withe pyrotechnics , lasers, and dancers together we are The Makalani Movement. Thus The Makalani Movement is not based on a specific number of performers on stage, unless otherwise stipulated in a contractual agreement, with the payment schedule following the guidlines in the contract. Lastly, since leaving New Orleans, and not being in the environment of familiar musicians that I usually play with, I've had to be proactive, move foward and rebuild. Cats that I've played with include, Louis Heriveaux on piano, Ezra Brown tenor sax, Mike Eiya tenor sax, Taurus Mateen on upright bass, Eric Vaughn on drums, Jon Ormon on upright bass, Sean Barnave on keys, Terrance Taplin on trombone , Hafiz on percussion, Luther gray ON djembe.


Doin' it first
Rhyme Grip (spoken word poetry compilation)

Set List

empty pocket funk
horn section
felling free olinda
holograms of the mind
just another nite
sounds just fine
first time I saw you chillin
get up to get down
awake meditation.
pretty young thing (micheal jackson)
billie jean (micheal jackson)
dirty diana (micheal jackson)
rain forrest (paul hardcastle)
super freak (rick james)
can't nobody(chakkah khahn)
love come down(evalyn champaigne king)
the butt (e.u.)
all of erykah badu all albums.
all of andre 3000 from the love blow