Conversations with Curtis: Willie Jones III
August 10, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This month, we discuss the evolution of jazz drumming with world renowned drummer Willie Jones III.
With an unparalleled style of rhythmic expression, drummer Willie Jones III is one of the world’s leading jazz drummers. Inspired by his father, the notable jazz pianist Willie Jones II, by his mid-20s his own talent had already been recognized and he had traveled Europe opening for Wynton Marsalis. Jones was a member of Roy Hargrove’s Quintet, and is featured on Sandoval’s GRAMMY® award winning release Hot House (N2K), Kurt Elling’s GRAMMY® nominated Night Moves (Concord) and more.
Jones has worked with Sonny Rollins, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wynton Marsalis, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Houston Person, 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. Jones has continued revealing his production skill and musical soulfulness in a string of recordings, with his latest release Fallen Hero, May 2021. As, the leader, drummer, and producer, Willie’s album honors the undeniable contributions made by towering figures the music world has lost in recent years.
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