Steve Jones is a Northwest native, resident in the Seattle area for the last 27 years. Though classically trained, Steve has always had jazz in his life, playing alto and tenor saxophone in college, and later studying jazz piano with Seattle’s own Dave Peck and Darin Clendenin. Favorite piano players are Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Benny Green, George Cables and Dave Peck.
After retiring from the PC technology space in 2010, Steve established the Seattle Area Jazz Musicians meet-up group, now networking together nearly 500 local amateur and professional jazz musicians. Jazz jams and independent groups often sprout up from this project.
In 2013 Steve was invited to play piano with the Music Center of the Northwest big band, playing gigs around the Seattle area. In this band, he met the trio’s soon to be bass player, Paul Storz.
Also in 2013, Steve formed The Steve Jones Trio/Quartet, playing lyrical jazz standards, influenced by Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Dave Peck. The group plays at local Seattle and Eastside venues, including private parties and public jam sessions.
At the end of 2013, Steve took over leadership of The Seattle Jazz Scene meet-up group, connecting an audience of over 350 jazz enthusiasts so they can enjoy local jazz events together.
2014 was a good year for the trio, spending much of its time playing at Village Wines in Woodinville, but also playing private parties and auctions. At the end of 2014, Steve played Tula’s Jazz Club with Clipper Anderson (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums).
2015 was another great year for the group! Brad Papineau joined us on drums, bringing a whole range of new rhythms and textures to the group. Seattle Area Jazz Musicians saw an increase in membership by 30%, and often there are over five jams per week happening. Jazz is alive and well in the Seattle area!
Happy New Year 2016! The group is playing private parties this year, and working up a new show behind the scenes. Look for us in the Fall for public performances!