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Willie Jones III Quintet Spring/Summer 2023 Tours

Prominent drummer, lauded producer, and first-call to such acts as Roy Hargrove, Cedar Walton, Joey Alexander, Wynton Marsalis and more, leads his quintet on three tours including:




Willie Jones III

With an unparalleled style of rhythmic expression, drummer Willie Jones III is one of the world’s leading jazz drummers. In addition to honoring his monumental influences – the late greats Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins – Jones’ bold articulation and constantly innovative sense of swing are results of his life-long musical experience.

Born in Los Angeles, California on June 8, 1968, Jones’ earliest exposure to music was through his father, Willie Jones II, an accomplished and notable jazz pianist, who offered guidance and inspiration to his gifted son. Dedicated to the further development of his skills, the younger Jones spent the next few years working diligently with acclaimed drummers and music instructors and began performing with distinguished musicians by the time he was in his teens. He completed his academic training after receiving a full scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts where he studied under the tutelage of the legendary Albert “Tootie” Heath. Before he was a semifinalist in the 1992 Thelonious Monk Jazz Drum Competition, Jones co-founded jazz band Black Note. Influenced by the rich soulful energy of the West Coast bop movement, Black Note’s hard-swing sound propelled them to first place in the prestigious John Coltrane Young Artist Competition in 1991. Jones contributed his skillfulness as both musician and producer on all four Black Note recordings: 43rd & Degnan and L.A. Underground (World Stage Records), Jungle Music (Columbia) and Nothin’ But the Swing (Impulse!). By 1994, the band had toured Europe and across the U.S. and was the opening act for Wynton Marsalis.

Tour Support

Upcoming WJ3 tours will utilize a small but experienced team to bolster local and regional media presence, targeted social media campaigns, email newsletters, local and regional event listings, and more to strengthen the reach of each gig. 

Press | Radio Support

* Canvas local press/radio contacts 6+ weeks in advance of tour dates

* Support with venue-specific and tour-wide promotional/flyer/graphics assets

Mailing List | Social Media Support

* Canvas local press/radio contacts 6+ weeks in advance of tour dates

* Support with venue-specific and tour-wide promotional/flyer/graphics assets


Tour Team Support

A team of knowledgable and experience industry professionals will be working diligently well before each date to ensure a high level of positive impact and exposure. Learn who’s on the team in the section below.


The Tour Team

Chris Beaudry
Agent/Tour Support

Mr. Beaudry has 15+ years in the music industry. He has worked as an agent, artist manager, label manager, and most recently club artistic director and is adept in social media marketing, web design, and promotion.

Zooey Tidal Jones
Marketing/Tour Support

Ms. Jones currently works as Senior Director of Public Relations and External Communications for Jazz At Lincoln Center.







Two-page PDF describing WJ3, quintet personnel, and highlights.


For promotional use.

Recent Press

“Willie Jones III shines as a drummer, band leader, composer and the head of his own record label”


“Willie Jones III:

Ode to Fallen Heroes”


“How This Top Jazz Drummer Spends His Sundays”


“New Music by Willie Jones III, Edmar Castañeda, Jeff Parker & Jaimie Branch in Take Five”


Recent Club Dates:

Dizzy’s Club – New York, NY
Club 1905 – Portland, OR
Kuumbwa Jazz Center – Santa Cruz, CA
Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA
Birdland – New York, NY
The Velvet Note – Alpharetta, GA
The Side Door Jazz Club – Old Lyme, CT
Jazz Forum – Tarrytown, NY
Bach Dancing & Dynamite – Half Moon Bay, CA
New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, NJ
Gatsby’s Supper Club – Las Vegas, NV
The Nash – Phoenix, AZ
Chris’s Jazz Cafe – Philadelphia, PA
Smoke Jazz Club – New York, NY
Sam’s First – Los Angeles, CA
Bebop Club – Argentina
Jazz Showcase – Chicago, IL
Dazzle Jazz Club – Denver, CO
Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe – Grosse Point Farms, MI
Blues Alley – Washington, D.C.


Recent Festival/PAC Dates:

Healdsburg Jazz Festival – Healdsburg, CA
Anthenaeum Music & Arts Library – La Jolla, CA
Nice Jazz Festival – Nice, France
San Jose Jazz Festival – San Jose, CA
North Sea Jazz Festival – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jazz At Lincoln Center – Doha, Qatar
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival – New York, NY
Jazz en tête Festival – Clermont-Ferrand, France
Hyde Park Jazz Festival – Chicago, IL
Bayside Summer Nights – San Diego, CA
The World Stage – Leimert Park, CA




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