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Salena’s most recent performance at The Pheasantry in Chelsea attracted the following review ..... (scroll to page 10)

Salena sings for Afasic ....

13th September at the Pheasantry

Afasic is a London-based charity that supports parents and helps children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Afasic provides a vital lifeline for families and children affected by these difficulties.

Celebrating 45 Years of Unlocking Speech & Language

Introducing Powerplay ....

Salena's husband Keith Mansfield has put together an eleven piece band to accompany her at larger live venues. Keith has created a fusion of latin, funk and swing grooves to perfectly complement Salena's extensive repertoire and the impact of Powerplay has added a new dimension for Salena who revels in performing with the band.

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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.

Live ....

Salena’s next UK appearances with her six piece band are:

The Pheasantry Chelsea

Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd November

(London Jazz Festival Week)

0845 602 7017


In December Salena returns again to Japan. Her concert tour includes the Billboard and Blue Note Clubs where she will be accompanied by her Japanese sextet.


Early bookings for 2015 include the Dean Street Jazz Club in London’s Soho.

Salena is also planning a trip to Indonesia next year.

"Jones is pure class” ... The Times