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Going to Church With Oliver Jones and Chris Donnelly

Jenn Hardy reviews performances by pianists Oliver Jones and Chris Donnelly at Montreal Chamber Music Festival

Oliver Jones

If there is just one name that comes to mind when we think of jazz in Montreal, it is very likely Oliver Jones.

Born in Little Burgundy, Montreal, in the ’30s, Oliver Jones grew up a few doors down from Oscar Peterson (probably the other name that comes to mind when we think of Montreal jazz). At three years old, he was a prodigy on piano. He trained as a classical pianist, and played his first gig at the age of five at the Union United Church in Montreal.

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