De'sean Jones & KNMDK
Wednesday 26 September 2018
(Booking fee applies for online bookings to support FAC and Music Venue Trust*)
Making a welcome return to Florence after blowing the roof off in 2017, De'sean Jones and KNMDK are back!
From Detroit, with a superfresh jazz-funk sound, you have to experience De'sean & KNMDK live to really feel the fire and the funk! Tickets are on sale now for what promises to be a highlight of this year's live music calendar at FAC. A rare chance to experience this award-winning sax player and his band playing live and intimate in West Cumbria.
Confidence and talent have taken De’Sean Jones far in the last decade and a half, a long road that started with a casual bet between De’Sean and his father.
A prodigy on tenor sax, Jones participated in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's civic jazz program, attended the Detroit School for the Fine and Performing Arts and the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory. He also studied under renowned jazz bassist Rodney Whitaker both through the DSO and Michigan State University.
His mentors entered his life early, leading him into the folds of Detroit’s weighty jazz scene at the age of 15. As a teenager Jones played with such notables as the late-great Gerald Wilson, Donald Walden and Lawrence Williams. But it was Detroit jazz icon, Marcus Belgrave that left the deepest imprint on his musical soul.
“Marcus is the reason I became a musician,” De’Sean says of the late- great trumpet player. Belgrave became a second father to De’Sean; his musical father. He brought him into the world of jazz that would be his home, his familiar place, into adulthood, even as he ventured out into other areas of musical experimentation. The two even engaged in long, sometimes harsh conversations that were rarely about music, but rather about life.
“He was much more than a force from the bandstand,” says De’Sean. “He was my role model. He helped groom me into a man.”
The first release for the DeSean Jones Septet on the Detroit Music Factorylabel, “Knomadik Reverence” is a collection of all original tracks that ambles on the adventurous side of jazz, but not without high energy. The labum hit number 11 on Billboard's Jazz Albums Chart.
Over the years, De’Sean has evolved to become much more than a jazz musician. His originality and unique sound fuse a multitude of influences including funk, hip hop, bebop and soul. He has been an active member of the legendary Detroit electronic music collective Underground Resistance for several years, and has toured and co- produced alongside techno pioneer Mike Banks and keyboardist Jon Dixon.
He’s toured the world with numerous acts including Stevie Wonder, The Clark Sisters, Yolanda Adams and Faith Evans. Not yet 30 years old, De’Sean Jones is making music beyond his years, and if “Knomadik Reverence” is any indication, his talent and confidence aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. “[A] roarin’ young lion,” according to music writer and jazz aficionado Charles Latimer, who says De’Sean “…can make his tenor swing and sing at the very same time.”
Yep. He can do that.
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