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Joan Watson-Jones Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Trio from New York, NY - Will travel up to 300 miles
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$400 - $4000 per event
Jazz Vocalist/Band Leader can perform jazz style music for background, dancing and concerts corporate events and wedding receptions. The repitoire includes jazz and popular standards and some original material.

Joan is willing to work with you to help personalize the band's size and presentation to meet the needs for your event and your budget. Band is available as a Duo (Vocals & Piano), Trio, Quartet or Quintet depending on the size of your event . Joan is also available to play solo piano for some very small events. It would be necessary to contact Joan directly about this service.

BIOGRAPHY
An equally passionate jazz vocalist and advocate for the music, Joan Watson-Jones is well known throughout Northern New England as both a swinging singer and the hostess of her own popular jazz shows, the cable television program The Jazz Room Live and the internet based radio program The Jazz Room-her 1/2 hour show on

Joan Watson-Jones is a very expressive vocalist who burns quietly with inner intensity when she sings. She has deep understanding of the words she interprets, is not shy to be autobiographical in her singing, and has a natural sense of swing.

Joan's parents both had fascinating careers. Her mother Aurelia Wheeldin was a dancer who spent 1924-26 performing at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Not only did she dance but she worked up an act with another dancer in which they regularly boxed three rounds on stage, causing a sensation. Back in the United States she was a pioneering female boxer, performed in Eubie Blake's Shufflin' Along, and appeared at the Apollo Theatre in a production called Harlem before retiring in 1940 to marry Joan's father.
Click here to see Joan's self-produced video about her mother.


Joan's Dad was a physician who became one of the 12 doctors to co-found the Upper Manhattan Medical Group, the first clinic in Harlem that was run entirely by African-Americans. Among his patients through the years were Billie Holiday and Mercer Ellington. The hospital was immortalized by Billy Strayhorn when he wrote “U.M.M.G,” a piece recorded by Duke Ellington.

.On Quiet Conversations- A Duet , the followup to her earlier well received efforts One More Year and I Thought About You, the singer steps boldly into the spotlight on a program of intimate duets with pianist Frank Wilkins.

.".....Absolutly gorgious voice that caresses each melody like satin.. Thank you for being a Singer's Singer"
John Segars Jazz and More WUCF Orlando Fl.

"..very lovely, introspective,nuanced and so is the music"
Dan Seybold WBBA Purdue University

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Jazz Duo
Jazz Trio
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Quinceañeras
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
Please note Joan Watson-Jones Jazz Ensemble will also travel to Brooklyn, Hoboken, Jersey City, Long Island City, Union City, Weehawken, Flushing, North Bergen, West New York, Bayonne, Kearny, Secaucus, Staten Island, Cliffside Park, Fairview, Jamaica, Bronx, Edgewater, Harrison, Newark, North Arlington, Ridgefield, Fort Lee, Little Ferry, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, Palisades Park, Ridgewood, Belleville, Carlstadt.
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