Maurice Jones is an internationally known piano-accordion entertainer.
He has frequently appeared on T.V. and National Radio in New Zealand and
has several T.V. and radio performances in Germany and Hong Kong to his
credit. He has performed extensively in England, Germany and Italy, as
well as his home country New Zealand.|
In January 1998 Maurice toured China, playing concerts and giving workshops in Shanghai, Fuzhou and Xiamin cities. These concerts were organised by the Shanghai Accordion Association and the Fujian Accordion Association and were reportedly the first MIDI synthesised accordion concerts in China.
In Shanghai, Maurice filled the 1500 seat Shanghai Concert Theatre two nights running, with hundreds queued up outside hoping for a spare ticket (this concert theatre is the most prestigious venue in Shanghai). Press and TV news covered Maurice's modern electronic/acoustic programme which included hits like Lambada, Dancing Queen (Abba), tangos and American marches and he was mobbed by autograph hunters after every concert. Workshops were given in each city on improvisation, own arrangements, and modern bass rhythms.
In October 1998 Maurice and his family, mother Marie Jones, sister Heather Masefield, brother Harley Jones and deceased father Allan Jones were honoured for their international achievements and contribution to the New Zealand entertainment industry. Scroll of Honour
Maurice was born in Auckland, March 1955 and started to play the accordion at the age 9 years. At the age of 16 he won the New Zealand Solo Accordion Championship.
With his brother, Harley Jones, he has recorded an LP record and been featured soloist on a number of accordion LP and CD recordings. He has regularly performed as a session musician, recording advertising jingles and supporting several top New Zealand bands. A few years ago he was backing accordionist for well known Scottish entertainer Andy Stewart on his 20 concert tour of New Zealand.
In 1990 Maurice was invited to Kansas City, Missouri, to perform as a guest soloist at the 50th Anniversary of the Accordion Teachers Guild International, and to conduct a seminar about MIDI accordion.
He has since presented many MIDI seminars and workshops throughout the South Pacific and appeared as a guest artist at many international accordion events.
Maurice spends much of his time promoting the accordion and the latest in MIDI technology to schools all over New Zealand. He has been instrumental in bringing to New Zealand many international accordion artists, including Art Van Damme and Fang Yuan.
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