About Me

Paul Jones is an Improvising musician, Pianist and Composer based in Cardiff, South Wales.

Recent projects include Tryfan Trio, M.A.P Trios, Dots.filmband and the improvised pop group Things Make Electric. Previous to this, he was a founding member of the acclaimed post-jazz quartet The Jones O'Connor Group, and was the associate composer of the Cardiff New Music Ensemble - a music group specialising in the commissioning and performance of contemporary Chamber music.

He works collaboratively as a pianist and instrumentalist with many other performers across a wide spectrum genres, and has appeared at festivals and clubs throughout Europe and beyond. Jazz artists he has performed with include Pete King, Keith Tippett, Scott Hamilton, Tony Kofi and Wycliffe Gordon. Theatre companies he has worked with include GaggleBaggle, RuthisStrangerThanRichard, and the Sherman Theatre. 

Other collaborations include working with Goldie Lookin’ Chain on their album 'Greatest Hits', with poet Ian McMillan for the Leeds Lieder festival, with post-punk group Ludus for the Meltdown festival, Jean Jacques Smoothie on the remix of his UK #1 'Two People' and recording improvised piano parts for the film 'Five Fingers' starring Ryan Philipe. 

He works extensively in the field of new improvisation, and has been invited to perform commissioned works at festivals including the London Jazz Festival, the National Experimentica Festival and the Sonic Arts Expo. 
He was Composer in Residence at the Brecon Jazz festival '06, and in 2009 was awarded a Bliss Trust Composers Bursary. He was asked to join the Sound & Music (Formerly S.P.N.M)) composers scheme in 2008. 

He is a visiting tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the University of South Wales.

 Press


"Paul Jones is maybe the real ace in the hole - his chordal mastery is a malleable glue which conjures up ghosts of Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner and Burt Bacharach all in the space of a single track" -Touching Extremes
"Paul Jones is a superb pianist” The Jazzmann
“Paul Jones played brilliantly; someone compared him to McCoy Tyner and they weren't far wrong. His dexterity and inspired solos were sheer joy”
Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here.
"Compositionally, the record [Alpha] is hip and unpredictable...What's more the players are on the money, in particular Paul Jones - a sensitive fender rhodes player on 'True Story' or blazing like McCoy on 'Sonista'...Excellent forward thinking brit jazz." ****   
Jazzwise Magazine – Tom Barlow

"Paul Jones is innovative and vibrant at the piano and I was particularly taken by his solo work" 
Jazz Views