Bill Jones Bio

Bill Jones is an accomplished saxophonist and improviser with a penchant towards a progressive style of playing, but he also possesses a certain warmth and emotive quality which embodies the spirit of the music he plays.

Bill first began his studies in music on the piano, but soon switched to the saxophone in the fourth grade after discovering the beauty of the sound of the instrument, and found solace in his practice. Interestingly, he left the saxophone for a short time after high school and enrolled as a Business major in college before realizing his calling. After only one semester though, he switched majors and enrolled into the music program at the University of New Hampshire. During this time, he rediscovered the recordings of Miles Davis and John Coltrane and became immersed in these old jazz recordings. While at UNH, he pursued studies with saxophonists John Melisi, Fred Haas, and Jerry Bergonzi and had opportunities to perform with notable jazz musicians such as Herb Pomeroy, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, James Williams, and Jimmy Heath.

In 1999, Bill moved back to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory. While there he continued his studies under Jerry Bergonzi, John McNeil, George Garzone, Bob Brookmeyer, Allan Chase, and George Russell and earned his masters in Jazz Studies in 2001. Always an avid student, upon graduation he studied both piano and saxophone under the tutelage of the legendary pianist, composer, teacher, and author Charlie Banacos from 2003 to 2008.

Today, Bill Jones performs, teaches and resides in the Boston area. He has performed around town with top Boston area musicians such as Bob Gullotti, George Garzone, Tim Ray, John Lockwood, Jeff Galindo, Dave Ballou, Marty Ballou, and Dave Zinno, at venues such as the Beehive, Wally’s Cafe, Ryles, Lilypad, Acton Jazz Cafe, the Portsmouth Press Room, Top of the Hub, Michael Timothy’s, Chianti, and many others.

Bill also has a great love for teaching and maintains a large studio of private students and ensembles at the Indian Hill Music School in Littleton, MA as well as the Rivers School Conservatory.