Born: September 11, 1934 Primary Instrument: Piano
Pianist Oliver Jones is one of Canada’s finest musicians. His career also intertwines with the proud history of jazz in his native Montreal, the thriving city that in its heyday also produced the late Oscar Peterson, Oliver’s lifelong friend and one of his influences.
Oliver was born and raised in Saint Henri, a predominantly working class area of Montreal, several blocks from Peterson, and young Oliver would sit on the Peterson porch, listening to the older boy practice. Oscar’s sister, Daisy Peterson Sweeney, became his first piano teacher, with lessons continuing for the next twelve years. These lessons solidified young Jones’ skills, which were already considerable; Oliver was performing publicly at age five, and by the time he had his first nightclub appearance, he was nine. ...
Live at Biddle's.
Biddle double-bass, Primeau drums.
The Many Moods of Oliver Jones.
Lights of Burgundy.
MacPherson tenor saxophone, Schwager guitar, Donato double-bass, Hillman drums.
Speak Low/Swing Hard.
Beck with double-bass, Hillman drums.
Beck with double-bass, Sharma drums.
Cookin' at Sweet Basil.
Young double-bass, Clarke drums.
Terry trumpet, Young double-bass, Al-Khabyyr drums.
Ellis guitar, Mitchell double-bass.
A Class Act.
Wallace double-bass, Thigpen drums.
Jones clavinova and piano, Richard Ring guitar, Dave Young bass, Wali Muhammad drums.
From Lush to Lively.
Jones piano, Rob McConnell sax, and big band.
Have Fingers, Will Travel.
Jones piano, Ray Brown bass, Jeff Hamilton drums.
Just In Time.
Jones piano, Dave Young bass, Norman Marshall Villeneuve drums.
Then and Now.
Jones piano, Skip Bey bass.
Just You, Just Me.
Ranee Lee vocals, Jones piano, Éric Lagacé bass, Dave Laing drums.
One More Time.
Jones piano, Dave Young bass, Jim Doxas drums, Ingrid Jensen trumpet and flugelhorn, Chet Doxas saxes.
Second Time Around.
Jones piano, Éric Lagacé bass, Jim Doxas drums.
Pleased to Meet You.
Jones and Hank Jones piano, Brandi Disterheft bass, Jim Doxas drums.
CDs on which Jones appears
Ranee Lee vocals.
I Thought About You.
Ranee Lee vocals, et al.
Jubilation VI: Looking Back.
Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir et al.
In Good Company.
Charlie Biddle bass, et al.
Ring In Minor.
Richard Ring guitar, et al.
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