Government producer of Toronto’s JAMBANA One World Competition and a widely known determine within the music trade each in North America and Jamaica, Denise Jones, died Thursday night time, Frankie Campbell, entrance man for the Fab 5 Band informed The Gleaner.
The president of Jones & Jones Productions, she co-founded the Canada-based firm in 1987, along with her husband, Allan. Jones & Jones made its identify as one in all Canada’s main music promotions, administration and advertising firms, producing quite a few live shows, reserving greater than 150 performing artistes yearly and providing an array of companies to entertainers.
“Final 12 months August, we should always have carried out on the present [JAMBANA], however in late June Denise fell sick, so her sons took over. Jones & Jones Productions began manner again within the late Nineteen Eighties after Denise and husband Allan migrated to Canada. Denise and Allan met whereas working with Fab 5 throughout Louis Marriott’s productions, beginning with A Pack of Jokers in 1978,” Campbell shared.
He added, “During the last three many years, Fab 5 did many exhibits with Jones & Jones, the final one being in 2016. Relaxation in peace Denise, stroll good along with your leisure brothers and sisters who’re there to greet you.”
The JAMBANA One World Competition represents Canada’s rising cultural range in its best type, via performances by internationally acclaimed bands, artistes and JUNO Award winners, the corporate’s web site said. One such winner is Exco Levi, who posted a heartfelt tribute to Jones on social media Friday.
He said, “I’m unhappy to announce the passing of Denise Jones, my good supervisor, buddy, mom and instructor for nearly 10 years. I began performing for her exhibits in 2007, simply after migrating to Canada, and 5 years later, I used to be honoured to name her my supervisor, till her current passing. Underneath the skilful steering of Denise, I’ve achieved 5 Juno Awards – and was nominated seven instances – the Harry Jerome Path Blazer Award and [I] am a Brampton Stroll of Fame Inductee.”
He hailed Jones as a “warrior”, noting that in 2018 he and the Excessive Priest Band accomplished 30 exhibits throughout Canada, USA, and Europe. “Denise travelled with myself and the band from Toronto to New Brunswick to the USA by bus … no complaints.”
Exco Levi identified that Jones set the instance by main within the black group, and inspired him to do the identical. He lauded her for the Lifetime Achievement Award from the City Music Affiliation, and the Juno Award for her contribution to the Canadian music and leisure industries.
“She constructed faculties in Jamaica, created occasions for the group, and taught me to at all times make use of my very own folks. The final time we went on the street was final February, as we headed to Denmark. I can nonetheless bear in mind Mrs Jones dancing after the present and calling me a celebration pooper. In closing, Denise Jones will genuinely be missed,” Exco Levi mentioned within the tribute.