Tenth World is a group formed by Kevin Jones and pianist/composer, Kelvin Sholar through a partnership created back in 1999 in New York City. Together Jones and Sholar formed a collective of young talented master musicians on the cusp of realizing a new and creative sound that combined the harmonic sensibilities of Jazz and Soul with the rhythms of the African Diaspora. The nucleus of Tenth World formed around Kelvin Sholar’s group Esoterica which was a quartet. Other members were added; Saxophonist Brian Horton, Drummer Jaimeo Brown, Trumpeter Kevin Louis and both Bassists Damon Warmack out of Detroit and Joshua David Barrett out of New Jersey worked interchangeably.
“Tenth World” was picked up by Motema Music (For more info: www.motema.com/artists/kevin-jones ) and produced by percussionist Babatunde Lea and Kelvin Sholar. This recording went on to be widely acclaimed and proved to be a seminal sound of the label and stands as a monument to the compositional and musicianship of the members. Included on that album were George Makinto, formerly Miriam Makeba’s musical director on flute, piano and percussion and acclaimed percussionist Luisito Quintero who both would join the band at different intervals during their tenure.
A second album was recorded called, “Tenth World Live” which drew even more acclaim for the group. During 2007 and 2008 many of the members left New York to pursue individual goals. Kelvin moved to Berlin, Germany where he now lives, Kevin Louis went back to his home town of New Orleans where he teaches, Brian Horton is now ready to receive his Doctorate in Music out of the University of North Texas and Jaimeo Brown has his own successful trio which is called “Transcendence,” while Josh David Barrett has his own band called Judah Tribe and also plays with the Wailers.
More recently Kevin has relocated to Michigan and reformed this group with a variety of musicians both local and from afar. They have done a variety gigs from private functions to a few local specialty events such as The Loving Day Festival, The Lansing Jazz Festival, The Detroit Jazz Festival, GrandJazz Festival and a host of clubs throughout the Midwest as well both East Coast and West Coast. The band is able to cross genres of music from traditional Jazz and R&B to traditional Latin, rock and other forms of World Music.
Zen Zadravec – Piano
Damon Warmack – Bass
John Gist – Saxophone
Zach Adleman – Drums
Kevin Bujo Jones – Congas, Djembe and Percussion