Mix tickling the ivories with improvisational music and you have a performer who could wow you on our Friday, June 2, Take 10 live performance on our Gazette Facebook page in the noon hour. Bryant Jones has been learning and honing his musical craft on the piano since he was 5 years old growing up in Colorado Springs. While he took lessons for a short time as a child, he says his dad is really the one who taught him music, "I had music in my life the whole time I was growing up. My sister was always playing the Beatles music and I got interested in playing professionally."
At age 12, Jones put together a band with some other kids and got in the groove of what he would later do professionally.
Jones told me that although this band didn't have a name, it was still an achievement for him and the guys to bang out music. He was then a guitar player but went back to his first love of piano and evolved to what's called improvisational music.
He told me that inspiration came from another jazz pianist, Keith Jarrett, who started doing improvisational piano in the 70s, "I got really inspired by the ability to pick a key and turn it into something to make a complete song."
Jones is no newcomer to the Colorado Springs musical scene. He has been playing for 58 years and likes every style of music. He said he's thankful to be able to work with really good musicians in Colorado Springs and still be able to practice and play.
See and listen to Bryant Jones perform on our Gazette Facebook page during our live Take 10 performance, Friday in the noon hour.
The Gazette supports the performing arts and our Take 10 segment is proof-positive of that support. If you have what it takes and want to perform live, email me at email@example.com. Tell me what you do to wow a crowd. We support the arts and want to see your particular talent.