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50 years of music ....

Born Joan Shaw in Newport News, Virginia, a direct descendant of Crazy Horse, the Indian Sioux warrior. She moved to New York at the age of fourteen and a year later won the amateur night at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater. This led to her performing at top night spots in Manhattan as well jazz clubs like the Village Vanguard and Minton's Playhouse.

She toured the US with her own "Blues Express Orchestra" featuring 'King' Curtis on tenor sax, before moving to Miami for a long residency at Cab Calloway's "Cotton Club".

Frustrated by the racism in her own country, Joan moved to England in 1965 and changed her name to Salena Jones. Signed by CBS Records, she performed throughout Europe in major venues and TV shows. In 1967 Salena was booked for two weeks at Ronnie Scott's

in London that led to run of seven weeks - still a record for this famous jazz club.

From her base in the UK Salena has performed in many parts of the world - Europe, South Africa, South America, Canada and the US, and widely throughout Asia. She was signed to JVC records and has appeared frequently in Japan since her first visit in 1978.

During 2012, Salena made her fourth visit to China at the Meixi Lake International Cultural Art Festival in Hunan at Changsha, prior to making her second Japanese tour of the year, and then onwards to Australia.

Llandeilo Festival South Wales

Thursday 16th July

With the Geoff Eales Trio

Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club Soho

Sunday 28th June

With the Geoff Eales Quartet

Salena will be starring on her very own jazz cruise from Japan to Korea in May, with her Japanese quartet.

Live dates ....

The Pheasantry King’s Road Chelsea

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th March

Jazz Club Dean Street Soho

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th May

Advance Reservations for the above:

0845 602 7017

Salena will accompanied by the Geoff Eales Quartet:

Martin Shaw, Jules Jackson and Matt Skelton

plus Lewis Wright on vibes for the Dean Street dates