Salena Jones—The incomparable, world-renowned Jazz Singer

From the Official Website of Salena Jones . . .

Beginning 2011, Salena appeared again in January at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club accompanied by the Geoff Eales` Trio, when her show was sold out.

BLUESAND SOUL.COM wrote “Salena Jones reinforced the saying “form is temporary, class is permanent” with a truly moving version of ‘Everything Must Change’ a classic evocative ballad”; and TIME OUT “Stunning British-based US singer with a touch of Sarah Vaughn in her technique and a feel for working intimate jazz venues, Jones is on fine form, and packs a soulful and emotional punch live”.

Salena generates such a sense of intimacy in her style and presence. It is a high-wire act, without props, artifice or arena-style amplification; Salena speaks directly to the audience and they are entranced and just keep coming back for more.

Salena had made her third trip to Japan in 2010 for five weeks over November and December for concerts and to promote her new album, `Salena sings J-Ballads` — her first on the Pony Canyon label, which features Salena`s interpretations of popular hit songs previously recorded in Japanese, some of which have been translated especially for her. Salena appeared on the Fuji FNS Festival, broadcast nationwide, singing one of the songs in a live duet with the Japanese pop star `JuJu`.

Following her August visit to Japan, to headline the 2010 Muroran Jazz Festival in Hokkaido where she sang to 3,000 people, Salena returned to England having been asked to appear at a memorial concert to Chris Dagley, a musician with whom she had worked since he was a very young man and whom she held in warm affection. Here is a `Jazzwise` review extract of what was a special evening:

“Jamie Cullum, Salena Jones and Carleen Anderson Pay Emotional Tribute To Ronnie Scott’s House Drummer Chris Dagley — 20th September . . . .

There was a suitably warm atmosphere at a packed Ronnie Scott’s last night as the great and the good, including club owners Sally Greene and Michael Watt, club members and the cream of UK jazz talent, paid tribute to the dearly departed house drummer Chris Dagley, who tragically died on 28 July.
 One of the early, and unexpected, highlights was an appearance by Virginia-born vocals veteran Salena Jones, her molasses sweet voice recalling Nina Simone’s bittersweet melancholy on a deeply moving trio of songs. She’d hit the emotional core of the night that some of the more effusive performances had slightly avoided, albeit in celebratory tribute to Dagley’s infectious energy ……”

Jazz fm included Salena`s classic version of `Am I The Same Girl`, arranged by Keith Mansfield, on their latest 2010 Soul Cellar album, where she is in good company with Aretha Franklin, Ben E King and Little Richard. You can hear this great track on this website under Videos.

During 2009, Salena made three concert and festival visits to Japan, and headlined the ‘Diva’s In The Park’ July festival in Thailand. In October that year, Salena appeared at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, where she still holds the record for her seven consecutive weeks’ run at this famous club. The full performance review, “American vocalist Salena Jones made a triumphant return to Ronnie Scott’s” by Frank Griffith, Director of Performance Arts at Brunel University, can be seen on The London Jazz website at

On You Tube there is a charmingly nostalgic Japanese production of Salena Jones’s biography — from her Newport News origins as Joan Shaw, to New York, emigration to Europe and England, and brief highlights of her outstanding career:

Salena`s plans at home in England for 2011 include further recordings, which will co-incide with the imminent publication of her autobiography “Have You Met Miss Jones?”; and she will also record another Japanese album, with further visits scheduled to Japan and Asia.

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May 16, 2013 · 7:49 pm

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