Eric Jones Trio with Jackson Evans
Eric Jones & Jackson Evans – Bio
Eric Jones was born in Moultrie, Georgia, and started to play piano by ear at the age of five. At 11, Eric began studying trumpet. At 16 he started formal lessons on piano and within two years, he was awarded a piano scholarship to Andrew College.
Eric went on to pursue his education at Armstrong Atlantic State University, studying under Dr. Kevin Hampton, graduating with a B.A. in Piano. In addition to teaching private lessons, composing and arranging, he completed his Masters in Composition from Georgia Southern University, where he studied under Dr. Martin Gendelman.
Eric has worked with many prominent artists including Grammy Awardwinning Esperanza Spalding, Stewart Copland of the Police and Keith Miller of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2011 Eric premiered his latest work, “Songs of Creation,” which combines spiritual, jazz and African influences with the poem of James Weldon Johnson’s “The Creation.” Eric is the pianist with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra and performs with them annually at the Savannah Jazz Festival. Eric has also performed several times during Sunday concerts for Coastal Jazz Association. Currently Eric teaches at Savannah State University.
Jackson Evans – Bio
Guitarist Jackson Evans is a staple of the Low Country jazz community. He is known for his partnership with bassist and singer Maggie Evans and leading his own trio, but can also be heard with the Jody Espina Trio, the Martin Lesch band, and occasionally as a guest with the gypsy-honkytonk outfit, Velvet Caravan. His style is energetic, rhythmic, and draws deeply from the jazz tradition while maintaining a quirky individualism culled from the influence of other music.
Jackson holds a Bachelor of Music from Utah State University in his hometown, Logan, Utah. After graduating in 2004, he and Maggie relocated to Savannah, Georgia and began to establish themselves as performers. In 2013, the couple were invited to perform a six month residency at the prestigious JZ Club in Hangzhou, China as co-leaders of a quartet (a follow-up to the previous year in residence at another club in Hangzhou).
As an ardent supporter of music education, Jackson has maintained a private studio, taught in community settings, and mentored young musicians. He is an active member of the Jazz Education Network and was selected to present at their 2018 conference in New Orleans.
Outside of his performance schedule, Jackson is a faculty member at the Hilton Head Jazz Camp, serves on the board of directors for the Junior Jazz Foundation, and works for Benedetto Guitars as Customer Relations Manager, Sales Manager, and Marketing Director.