Lawrence Jones, originally from Philadelphia, whose family now lives in Yeadon, Pa. heads up the Brighton Jazz Allstars in England, a music education organization. he’s also a wonderful friend of mine. We graduated West Philadelphia High School together.
The Brighton Jazz All-stars spreads culture through a wide range of educational and arts activities and promoting an awareness of the impact of Jazz music on the wider African Diaspora. Its main objectives are to advance public education in Jazz and World music culture by provision of educational programs and activities throughout the United Kingdom.
Lawrence graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, He has played with some of the major jazz musicians of the last century, such as South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and saxophonist Grover Washington Jr.
He has lived and worked in Brighton for 12 years while also maintaining his international work. Jones works as a music teacher in both sax and flute, providing inspiration for young and adult musicians. The Brighton Jazz All Stars was formed 5 years ago and has maintained a residency at The Lion and Lobster, owned by famous actor Gary Whelan. The All Stars regularly perform in festivals and events throughout the UK.