Friday 12th July 8:00pm
(Doors at 7:00pm)
Tickets £27.50 / £26 (Wigan Jazz Club members)
Chris Eldred: piano
Oli Hayhurst: bass
Pete Cater: drums
Richard Shepherd: saxophones
Martin Shaw: trumpet/Flugelhorn
This is a rare opportunity to see and hear one of the acknowledged great interpreters of song with her terrific jazz quintet.
Salena Jones`career has spanned the world, and she has worked with a who’s who of legends. Impressively, she has released 43 albums to date.
Jones` cool, relaxed phrasing and delivery is wonderfully free from artifice. At the lower end of the register, her voice is smoky and sensual. Not for her, though, vivacious displays of double-time gymnastics or virtuoso scat choruses; she is a storyteller who allows the lyrics to speak for themselves and although ballads are her strongest suit, she swings with the very best.
She is almost impossible to categorise, but the attraction lies in her voice quality pure and simple. She is totally comfortable in diverse styles that she makes completely her own: blues, jazz standards, pop and latin.
Born Joan Shaw in Virginia, she grew up in New York around legendary musicians like Miles Davis and Stan Getz, recording demo tracks for artists such as Peggy Lee and Lena Horne, and had released 15 records before she was 15 years old. Growing racial tensions prompted a move to Europe and saw her name-change to Salena Jones, with fans across the world recognising her, to quote her Asian fanbase, as “The Queen of Jazz and Blues”.
Jones still holds the record for the longest residency at Ronnie Scott’s, a remarkable seven weeks, where she regularly still sells out.
“Jones is pure class” – The Times
America`s loss is Britain`s gain. Salena Jones, a sultry vocalist from the same town as Ella Fitzgerald, crossed the Atlantic thirty years ago and never looked back. Her tribute to the great Brazilian songwriter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, confirmed her place in the front rank of singers. Infinitely versatile she can swing from jazz standards to more intimate material.
Jones is pure class. We should tempt her back more often – CLIVE DAVIS, THE TIMES ARTS
Disciples who hung on her every sound at Ronnie Scott’s for years will know just what the velvet voice can do to jazz, blues, ballads and pop. – EVENING STANDARD
The panache, perfection and elegance in both her voice and demeanour is only attainable by a gifted artist such as herself who has now been at the top of her profession for the past five decades ,working with the biggest names in the business and singing and performing to only the highest standards. The Radlett Centre can count itself lucky to have been graced by her presence. – OLIVER LOMAX – GO MAGAZINE
There are few solo performers who can captivate an audience for two and a quarter hours, over two sets, and still leave the audience shouting for more. – JOHN HANNAM, THE STAGE
… the female jazz singer, Salena Jones, invited a big applause as well as big numbers of jazz fans coming to watch her concerts. Observing on the numbers of people watching her concerts at the Jakarta Mandarin`s Golden Ballroom, no one can deny that it was probably the most successful concert which involved a foreign artist this year. – THE INDONESIAN TIMES, JAKARTA