Women Who Kick Ass

Koko Jones: Why she kicks ass
She is a super‐skilled and charismatic percussionist and band leader based in New Jersey, whose music is deeply trained in R&B, Afro‐Latin, jazz and traditional African percussion.
 She studied music at the University of Massachusetts and Jazzmobile simultaneously until 1979 when her Professor, saxophonist Archie Shepp, took her on tour to Europe where she recorded her second album. Just months later she was hired by The Isley Brothers and toured and later recorded a host of records with them. The association with The Isley’s led to numerous opportunities one of which was several tours with Whitney Houston.
Her transition from male to female took place in 1991 which left a gap in her musical work history until 1999 when she was forced to present as a male in order to have full custody of her child. She transitioned back in 2008.
She has also toured with  Jermaine Jackson, Archie Shepp, Charles McPherson, Winard Harper, Ray Copeland, Talib Kibwe, Babatunde Lea, James Weidman, Clifford Adams, and Malaki Ma Congo Drum and Dance Ensemble.
In 2013, Koko will release her fourth album as a leader, her third on the Motema label and her very first recording made since she transitioned.
Her talents as a percussionist, songwriter and producer are revealed on her  new CD and stage performance program with a cycle of songs that trace her physical, spiritual and musical journey towards her new life as a ‘liberated, Transgender woman percussionist of color.’ 

Koko Jones: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a superskilled and charismatic percussionist and band leader based in New Jersey, whose music is deeply trained in R&B, AfroLatin, jazz and traditional African percussion.
  •  She studied music at the University of Massachusetts and Jazzmobile simultaneously until 1979 when her Professor, saxophonist Archie Shepp, took her on tour to Europe where she recorded her second album. Just months later she was hired by The Isley Brothers and toured and later recorded a host of records with them. The association with The Isley’s led to numerous opportunities one of which was several tours with Whitney Houston.
  • Her transition from male to female took place in 1991 which left a gap in her musical work history until 1999 when she was forced to present as a male in order to have full custody of her child. She transitioned back in 2008.
  • She has also toured with  Jermaine JacksonArchie SheppCharles McPhersonWinard HarperRay CopelandTalib Kibwe, Babatunde Lea, James WeidmanClifford Adams, and Malaki Ma Congo Drum and Dance Ensemble.
  • In 2013, Koko will release her fourth album as a leader, her third on the Motema label and her very first recording made since she transitioned.
  • Her talents as a percussionist, songwriter and producer are revealed on her  new CD and stage performance program with a cycle of songs that trace her physical, spiritual and musical journey towards her new life as a ‘liberated, Transgender woman percussionist of color.’ 
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