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Jessica Jones was born on February 17, in San Rafael, CA.  She plays tenor saxophonist and piano and worked with Joseph Jarman, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, and Peter Apfelbaum and with a variety of Haitian, Caribbean, and African bands. These influences helped form her compositional direction. Grounded in the jazz tradition, Jessica reaches for new directions and a unique sound. The primary outlet for her compositions for 20 years has been the Jessica Jones Quartet, a quartet with tenor player and husband Tony Jones. Poets, storytellers, and guest musicians are the core band that explores creative alliances and new adventures. Jessica is active as a sideman. She has four albums as a leader, and her most recent release is "Live at the Freight: Jessica Jones and Connie Crothers", a duo with pianist Crothers. She is an innovative jazz educator and consultant.  She works with children, focusing on improvisation, composition, and oral traditions.  She directs a Jazz program at Lincoln Center and Brooklyn Friends School. Photo credits: Profile by Chuck Gee. With husband Tony Jones by Jacqui Ford. The band by Cheryl Richards. Band members: left to right: Jessica Jones, Kenny Wollesen, Tony Jones, Stomu Takeishi. www.jessicajonesmusic.com

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