BLUES singer and harmonica player extraordinaire Paul Jones has agreed to be patron of the Henley Jazz and Blues Week which kicks off in November, writes Lesley Potter.
Jones, who is also an actor and broadcaster, hosts a popular Monday night show on BBC Radio 2, Paul Jones Rhythm And Blues.
Jones started his music career jamming with Keith Richards and Brian Jones and turned down an offer to head up a band they were forming, which turned out to be the Rolling Stones. Instead, he joined Manfred Mann as vocalist and harmonica player. He now tours regularly with the Manfreds, the Blues Band and Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen.
Richard Cuthbertson, one of the Henley Jazz and Blues Week organisers, said: “We’re so pleased that someone of Paul’s stature in the music industry has agreed to be our patron. His knowledge of jazz and blues, its roots and artists is immense.
“After such an illustrious early career Paul is still going strong. He has just finished a new album, Starting All Over Again, with Eric Clapton on guitar and he is still one of the top blues harmonica players in the world, taught to play by Brian Jones. We are so lucky to have his patronage and enthusiasm for our new jazz and blues week.”
lThe Henley Jazz and Blues Week runs from Friday, November 8 to Sunday, November 17 in a variety of Brakspear pubs and restaurants in and around the town. Tickets are required for the opening night at the Little Angel and the closing night at the Bull. For more information and tickets visit the link on the Brakspear website www.brakspear.co.uk/jazzand blues