On November 29th musician and former columnist and editor for the Arts section of the Windsor Star, Owen B Jones, will be at Juniper Books to share
over seven decades of Windsor musician’s triumphs, failures, photographs, and the kind of anecdote that just makes for a great story.
These tales can be found in his book, “Music From Windsor,” and have been collected by Jones over the course of his own substantial music history. Jones launched his musical career by touring England and Japan with the Forster High band, and forming a student horn band called Old Brown Shoe before moving on to become a drummer in local bands, Briton Young, Sandharp, and Nickelodeon. Jones remains an active part of the Windsor music scene today, drumming for Brand X, Nil a Nova, the Groove Trio, and ABX.
During pre-show hangouts with fellow musicians, Jones was privy to many reminiscences so evocative of Windsor’s music scene through the years that he figured they ought not be lost to time.
“One reason I got into journalism,” Jones explained in an interview with Windsor Star writer, Ted Shaw, “is I’m intrigued by stories. I think most musicians and people who listen to music are. That’s what the book is, a book of stories.”
In edition to his musical talent, Jones possesses a flair for writing, which he expressed as copy editor for the Windsor Star, and later as columnist, then editor of the arts section. In “Music From Windsor” Jones combines his talents, chronicling musicians he sees as influential figures from the dancehall, big band days of the 1930’s and 40’s to modern rock bands like The Tea Party.
“The theme of the book is how things have changed,” Jones explains, “Some of these musicians enjoyed success outside Windsor, some are just working stiffs, like me, who are not well-known.”
Join Owen B. Jones for a night of live music, memories and great stories and perhaps add an anecdote or two to your own collection. Jones will be at Juniper Books on Friday, November 29th from 7-9pm.
To read Ted Shaw’s article with Owen B Jones and watch a video of the interview click here.
Owen B. Jones’ website can be found here.
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