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"Whenever we have them play here, people of all ages and persuasions (and inebriation levels) stop and listen...and with good reason."

- Jim Watkins, Owner of "The Mill"

"True talents. Not many bands play like [George Washington Jones] does anymore."

- Mike Wallace, The Piedmont Jazz Review 



George Washington Jones is a Jazz/Blues trio composed of guitarist/vocalist George Washington Jones, mandolin player Asher Kelsey, and bassist Patrick Cognitore. The group performs what is sometimes referred to as “roots music” – old-time jazz standards, ragtime, and a hint of country blues.


Here are a few songs from the repertoire: 

“Whinin’ Boy Blues” –jazz standard by New Orleans legend Jelly Roll Morton – in the style of Hot Tuna. 
“Fool’s Paradise” – Mose Allison classic jazz. 
“Naima" - John Coltrane standard. 
“Lazy Bones” – Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer standard.
“Cakewalk Into Town” – Taj Mahal blues.

GWJ is available for booking (restaurants, lounges, hotels, festivals, bars, coffee shops, house shows, special events, etc.). Contact GWJ at


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