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The Emory Lester & Jill Jones Band, quickly becoming one of the finest musical acts in bluegrass music, is the culmination of Jill Jones, one of Ontario’s latest "up and coming" artists along with Emory Lester who is widely known as one of the most creative and influential musicians and instrumentalists of our time.

Featured in the band is the sweet captivating voice and musical artistry of Jill Jones along with vocalist and world-renowned mandolin virtuoso Emory Lester. Showcasing original songs written by Jill and by Emory, audiences are entertained with a mixture of upbeat, exciting, diverse and entertaining acoustic music show comprised of traditional and contemporary bluegrass acoustic music.

Rounding out The Emory Lester & Jill Jones Band are a group of respected, talented and experienced musicians who have all worked together for many years in various forms.


        The Band    
  • Emory Lester - Mandolin
  • Jill Jones - Rhythm Guitar
  • Larry Miller - Banjo
  • Marion Linton - Fiddle
  • Steve Marshall - Bass
  • EMORY LESTER, a life-long Virginia native, now living in Ontario Canada, is one of this day’s foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attack of his mandolin playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. His landmark recording projects ‘Pale Rider’, ‘The Emory Les-ter Set’, ‘Cruisin’ the 8’ and ‘Reminiscing Today’ have placed him among the elite mandolinists of our time. His latest solo recording titled ‘At Dusk’ showcases Emory’s musical creativity, and skill as a mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist. Emory also performs with ‘Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa’, doing shows across the U.S., Canada, Europe and the U.K. His ten year partnership with noted ‘Clawgrass’ banjoist Mark Johnson has yielded four very creative recording projects and a nomination for ‘Instrumental Recording of the Year at the IBMA Awards, 2007. Mark and Emory have toured the U.S., and have been featured on several performances with Steve Martin, most notably on the ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ show in 2012.
    JILL JONES was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and grew up performing the tradition-al songs of her east coast maritime home. She moved to Halifax, NS and later Toronto, ON where she worked for several years as a singer and actress in professional theaters in and around both cities. Since embracing her love of bluegrass music, she’s played with the Simcoe County Ramblers and now with the Emory Lester and Jill Jones Band. She is an accomplished songwriter and was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2012 Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards.
    LARRY MILLER began playing the banjo at an early age and was a founding member of The Southern Ramblers, a bluegrass band playing on the South Shore of Montreal in the early 60’s. Their album Bluegrass Fire was one of the first bluegrass albums in Canada. Subsequently, he joined the band Cody headed up by Michael O’Reilly. Their two albums A Tale of Three Cities and Alive and Still Picking established Larry as one of the preeminent banjo players in the country. Larry was also a mem-ber of Randy Morrison and the Flatt River Band. Larry has been nominated several times as banjo player of the year by the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards committee and has received the Pioneer award for his work in both The Southern Ramblers and Cody.
    MARION LINTON has been composing, performing and teaching fiddle and piano for twenty- five years. She currently plays with many bands in the Huntsville area, from bluegrass to folk and jazz. She has recorded with Emory Lester, Mendelson Joe, Glen Reid, Ian Tamblyn, Trillium Jazz Quartet and James Gordon.
    STEVE MARSHALL a native of Emsdale, Ontario has played bass, guitar and mandolin with bands in the Muskoka-Parry Sound area for more than 20 years, including stints with Dave Essig, Blue Moon, Fabulous Duck Brothers, Glen Reid, Marion Linton, Trillium Jazz Band and Scotia Junction. He has recorded with Glen Reid, Trillium Jazz, Marion Linton and Dave Essig.