Willie Jones III
Willie Jones III
Jones contributed his skillfulness as both musician and producer on all four Black Note recordings: 43rd & Degnan and L.A. Underground (World Stage Records), Jungle Music (Columbia) and Nothin� But the Swing (Impulse!). By 1994, the band had toured Europe and across the U.S. and was the opening act for Wynton Marsalis. Near the end of 1994, while Jones was reaching for a higher level of drumming dexterity, he gained the privilege of playing sideman to the renowned vibist Milt Jackson, where Jones learned the importance of pacing and sensitivity.
Meanwhile, his musical career continued to unfold. From 1995 through 1998, he was a member of Arturo Sandoval�s band and is featured on Sandoval�s GRAMMY award winning release Hot House (N2K). Subsequently, Jones recorded with Horace Silver on Jazz Has a Sense of Humor (Impulse!). From 1998-2005, Jones was a member of Roy Hargrove�s Quintet and is featured on Roy Hargrove�s CD releases on Verve: Moment To Moment, Hard Groove, Nothing Serious and RH Factor�s Distractions. Jones can be heard on a host of recordings including Kurt Elling�s GRAMMY? nominated Night Moves (Concord) and Eric Reed�s Here (Max Jazz).
Jones has worked with Sonny Rollins, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wynton Marsalis, Cedar Walton, Billy Childs, Eric Reed, Ryan Kisor, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock and Hank Jones. In 2000, Jones� released his debut CD, Vol 1...Straight Swingin� on his own label, WJ3 Records. He continues to reveal his proficiency as a composer as well as a producer on Vol II...Don�t Knock The Swing (WJ3) released in 2002 and his latest release, Volume III (WJ3). In 2007, he produced and released WE 2 (WJ3), a trombone and piano recording featuring Wycliffe Gordon and Eric Reed. Read more on Last.fm.
User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
show me more