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Oliver Jones
Oliver (*1934) is a Canadian jazz pianist, organist, composer and arranger. He began his career as a pianist at the age of five, studying with Mme Bonner in Little Burgundy's Union United Church, made famous by Trevor W. Payne's Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir. He continued to develop his talent through his studies with Oscar Peterson's sister Daisy Peterson Sweeney starting at eight years old. In addition to performing at Union United Church when he was a child, he also performed a solo novelty act at the Cafe St. Michel as well as other clubs and theaters in the Montreal area.
He started his early touring in Vermont and Quebec with a band called Bandwagon, and in 1953 through 1963 played mainly in the Montreal area, with tours in Quebec. From 1964 to 1980 Jones was music director for the Jamaican calypso singer Kenny Hamilton, based out of Puerto Rico.
In late 1980 he teamed up with Montreal's Charlie Biddle, working in and around local clubs and hotel lounges in Montreal. Jones was resident pianist at Charlie Biddle's jazz club Biddles from 1981 to 1986.
By the mid-1980s he was travelling throughout Canada, appearing at festivals, concerts and clubs, either as a solo artist or with a trio: Skip Bey, Bernard Primeau, and Archie Alleyne. His travels also took him to Europe during this period.
His tour of Nigeria was the subject of a 1990 National Film Board of Canada documentary, Oliver Jones in Africa. His music also appears in the NFB animated short film, Black Soul. In 2011 he was one of the big names on the line up of the P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival at Charlottetown. Jones was headliner for the Jazz Sudbury Festival 2013
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Highway To Heaven
Justin Time Records
recorded December 1985 at St. James United Church in Montreal/Canada
Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir:
Cecile Barrett, vocals
Salome Bey, vocals
Donna Blunt, vocals
Michelle A. Browne, vocals
Petula Clark, vocals
Claudelle Clarke, vocals
Susan I. Clarke, vocals
Anne E. Corbin, vocals
Faye D. Corbin, vocals
Jennifer Allen, vocals
Germaine Davis, vocals
Ruth R. Ambris, vocals
Jean T. C. Cambridge, vocals
Jeff Alleyne, bass, vocals
J.I.M. Ashby, bass, vocals
Phyllis Dickson , vocals
Jon Durant, vocals
Nicole Johnson, vocals
Beatrice Langford, vocals
Don L. Marsman, vocals
Terry J. McGimpsey, vocals
Vicki Pointer, vocals
Jennifer Sargeant, vocals
Earl Tabb, vocals
Rolanda Taylor, vocals
Sonia Taylor, vocals
Stacie Tabb, alto sax, vocals
Gerald Constant, tenor sax
Kathleen Dyson, tenor sax, guitar, vocals
Brian Harris, tenor sax, vocals
Patrick Saunders, tenor sax, vocals
Kingsley Sherwood, tenor sax, vocals
Clement C. Walker, tenor sax, vocals
Edward Watson, tenor sax, vocals
Audrey Walters, vocals
Andrea G. Weekes, vocals
Andrea D. Yearwood, vocals
Oliver Jones, organ
James Oliver, bass, organ
Trevor W. Payne, piano
Graham Chambers, drums

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