Paul Ubana Jones
Born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones was playing guitar by the age of 11. This was the beginning of a three-decade career that would see him crossing continents and recording eight albums. After graduating from music college, where he studied guitar, cello and composition, Paul began to forge his own contemporary style, influenced by blues, rock, folk and jazz, which he has developed over the years. In the late eighties, Paul moved to New Zealand, where he still lives. He continues to perform regularly in New Zealand, Australia, and internationally. Over the years, Paul has shared the stage with various artists, including Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Tuck and Patti, Crowded House and many others. His festival appearances include Dublin Blues Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Vancouver Island Folk Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, and many others across Europe. Paul won three New Zealand Music awards.
Paul was a fabulous introduction to the concert. He is a true musician who manipulates his hands at high speed to produce impact guitar between his husky verses. Paul Played a couple of songs with Keb Mo and had his name planted in that timeless line.
Paul Ubana Jones took to the stage for 25 minutes of acoustic bliss. His soulful voice, sprightly guitar agility and enthusiasm made this the most inspired performance of the evening but then he had the hardest job and the most to prove. his latest CD 'Blessing & Burdens' is well worth checking out. In another country he would be a national institution!
Opening act Paul Ubana Jones earned his own standing ovation with utterly distinctive guitar style. I can only describe it as part Ritchie Havens, Part Andres segovia and part Ravi Shankar. That's right, he closed his set with a raging Indian raga that was as dazzling in technique as it was inventive in composition.
Unquestionably the best thing to happen to the New Zealand entertainment scene for a long time.