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Joan Watson-Jones

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 Tha Jazz Room Live and the internet based radio program The Jazz Room (her 1/2 hour show on www.cyberstationusa.com). Born and raised in Harlem U.S.A., where she grew up to the sounds of Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday (both patients of her physician father, a founder of the Upper Manhattan Medical Group, the AfroAmerican community health institution immortalized in song through Billy Strayhorn’s classic composition UMMG). With show business flowing in her veins (her mother was a dancer at Paris’ famed Moulin Rouge) Joan studied both tap dancing and piano as a youth and went on to become a full time music teacher and part time live performer. Currently a resident of New Hampshire, retired from academia, Watson-Jones is devoted to the world of jazz as a full time active performing/recording artist and radio personality.

On Quiet Conversations, 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 her longtime pianist Frank Wilkins. A soulful, swinging, sensitive accompanist – the Berklee College alumnus, recipient of the school’s prestigious Hank Jones “Jazz Master” Award – Wilkins is the perfect accompanist, offering solid support to Watson-Jones’ delicate, often daring vocals. The relationship between singer and pianist/arranger/music director is indeed a close one and the intimacy of the association is even more pronounced when the pair are making music alone together. In Wilkins, Watson-Jones has found her perfect match and the date is a wonderful example of just how wonderful the results of such a rapport can be

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