Photo by Steve Ariss

Photo: Steve Ariss

Sean Meredith-Jones: Music for the Music Lover in All of Us 

The title of his 2006  full-length album, Turn Up the Good, speaks volumes about Toronto guitarist Sean Meredith-Jones. His mission is to embody the very best elements from a wide range of popular music styles — jazz, blues, pop, funk, gospel, Latin, and reggae — into his own highly original and impeccably authentic voice.

Schooled by and among the very best at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Jones has the compositional and technical mind of a world-class jazz guitarist; if there’s a dominant thread to his music, it’s the echoes of technically-brilliant jazz innovators like Pat Metheny and others who remember that jazz was North America’s original popular music. His spirit is southern blues and gospel, with the viscerally haunting power of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Junior Kimbrough. The richly atmospheric Hammond B3 lines bring to mind and ear contemporary funk/fusion artists such as Medeski Martin & Wood. And although he’s an instrumental composer, Jones is inspired by the warm, soulful vocal melodies of pop/crossover stars like Norah Jones and Sheryl Crow.

Reflecting his innate musical and personal spirituality, Jones’ recording environment of choice is a church, where he and his band can record without time pressures and other distractions of a conventional studio. The stories of his recording projects — from inspiration to completion — are documented with detail and love on his website.

Jones has welcomed a who’s who of Canada’s top musicians into his band, such as: Ben Riley, Paul Delong, Mark Kelso, Otis Williams, Rich Brown, Michael Pellarin, Steve Lucas, Will Jarvis, Pat Kilbride, Russ Boswell, Phil Dwyer, Adrean Farrugia, Andrew Stewart, Dylan Heming, Marc Rogers, Larnell Lewis and Donna Grantis. His bands have graced the stage at the The Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival and Oakville Jazz Festival, as well as A-list venues such as The Rex, Horseshoe Tavern, Montreal Bistro, Orbit Room and Moonshine Cafe. In addition to his recording and performance, Jones is an adjunct professor at Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario and has a busy private teaching practice with students of all ages & proficiency levels.

No Light Between The Shadows

Jones’ newest recording project, No Light Between The Shadows, will be an EP of instrumental solo guitar compositions. Inspired by recent solo works by guitarists such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, it will explore acoustic and electric guitar textures, recording environments and recording techniques; and merging classic songwriting techniques with jazz-based improvisation as a soloist. Recording began in June 2013, with the full EP scheduled for release in November.

For fans of:

Wes Montgomery, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Grant Green, Medeski Martin & Wood, Norah Jones