Stephanie Jones is a Jersey-born Manhattan-based writer who loves writing about New York almost as much as she loves living there. She graduated from Wellesley College with a concentration in literature and analysis, under the instruction of Luther “Terry” Tyler and seminal poet, Frank Bidart. A Phi Beta Kappa and Kaye Scholar, she earned her BFA in Jazz Performance from The City College of New York, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, receiving the Sydney Zolot Graduation Prize.
A champion of the live music scene, Stephanie contributes regularly to Hot House Jazz Guide, and has written feature articles for Nextbop.com, Jazzgroupiez.com and JazzTimes.com. She also writes press releases and professional bios for local and national artists.
As a band leader—and lover of piano trio and bass duo—Stephanie has played with such New York mainstays Ray Gallon, Paul Gill, Neal Miner and Ben Street, and has shared the bandstand with legends Steve Little and NEA Jazz Master, Harold Mabern. She has played iconic Eastside venues Jules Bistro and Tomi Jazz, and has enjoyed steady gigs and residencies at Ottomanelli’s, Silvana Harlem, The Brooklyn Buschenschank and Van Gogh’s Ear in Union, New Jersey.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading Southern literature on the subway, walking her collie, Zack, on the Upper West Side, frequenting late night sessions below 14th street and ghostwriting liner notes for friends above 125th street.