The Dave Jones Quartet

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Last Show: Saturday 22 nd February 2020

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Pianist/composer Dave Jones launched his debut album here at PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) in 1996. Now in 2020 he returns to launch his new Quartet EP ‘Is That The Time?’, his 10th jazz release under his own name. The Quartet line-up is impressive with Ben Waghorn (NYJO, Tommy Chase, Keith Tippett, Goldfrapp, Kasabian, and Portishead) on saxes and flutes, Ashley John Long (John Law, Brandon Allen, Geoff Eales, Alan Barnes, Scott Hamilton, and London Philharmonic Orchestra) on bass, Andy Hague (trumpeter for Portishead, and Be-Bop Club in Bristol regular) on drums, and pianist Dave Jones (performances in the US, India, France, and Ireland, and TV compositions for ‘The Big Bang Theory’, the US Open Golf Tournament, and ‘Location, Location, Location’), so expectations are high.

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“…jazz can mean many things to many people. But if you’re after the marrow of the music, look no further.”

5-star review - Jazz Journal, 2019

Since early 2017, the latest incarnation of The Dave Jones Quartet have released the critically acclaimed album ‘KeyNotes’ and the 2019 EP ‘Answers on a Postcard’. Now in early 2020, the Quartet release the new EP ‘Is That The Time’, which maintains the ensemble’s strong identity, established on gigs, but at the same time takes the band in a slightly different musical direction. This time pianist Jones utilises Waghorn’s soprano saxophone on his polyrhythmic tribute to the late great pianist and composer Kenny Kirkland, entitled Dedication (Doctone). He also composes his first Bossa Nova tune, and features on Electric Piano and synthesizer on the funky closing track ‘No Parking’, which sound-wise is something of a throwback to his early playing days in jazz fusion bands.

Saxophonist/flautist Ben Waghorn brings to this Quartet his vast experiences from a career playing for NYJO, Tommy Chase, Slowly Rolling Camera and Keith Tippett, to The West End of London as a pit musician, and also various TV and film credits as a session musician. He has also recorded/performed with bands including Goldfrapp, Kasabian and Portishead.

Bassist/vibraphonist Ashley John Long continues to impress with his virtuosic playing, with e.g. John Law, Brandon Allen, Geoff Eales, Alan Barnes, and Scott Hamilton, amongst many others, and he has recently been working on the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s young composers scheme.

Pianist/composer Dave Jones has toured and recorded internationally (including collaboration projects with the bands Burum and Khamira) in the US, India, France, and Ireland, and also composes music specifically for TV and film, having tracks used in ‘The Big Bang Theory’, the US Open Golf tournament, the Mexican drama ‘Las Aparicio’ and ‘Location, Location, Location’. He also writes for Jazz Journal and Pianist magazine.

Drummer Andy Hague (also a trumpeter) is a prolific composer and arranger, releasing jazz albums under his own name, and has also played and recorded with Portishead, as well as being an active jazz educator and organiser of the weekly Be-Bop Club in Bristol. 

Band Lineup

Ben Waghorn (saxes and flute)

Dave Jones (piano)

Ashley John Long (bass)

Andy Hague (drums)