Tuesday afternoons for residents at our community means one thing. Live music and entertainment by beloved singer and piano player Byron Jones. Every Tuesday at 1:30 PM, Jones visits AlmaVia to play any music the residents request, everything from show tunes and romantic love songs to american classics. He knows hundreds of songs, and plays them all from memory
According to Activities Director, Julie Cervetto, â€œHeâ€™s a real entertainer… he really knows how to take over the room.â€ Even at almost 90 years old, Jones visits between 15 and 20 different places in Marin county each week as a volunteer musician. He plays piano and sings almost every day. For Jones, the best part about volunteering is getting to visit the many friends heâ€™s made in the Marin area.
Before retiring, Jones taught music and Italian, and was choir director at San Rafael high school for many years before becoming a professional signer and musician. His classically trained voice allowed him to play in several local bands as well. Assistant Activities Director, Christine Francisco said, “He has a very strong voice, so for residents that are hard of hearing, he’s someone everyone can enjoy no matter what, even if they forget their hearing aids.”
Jones was born in Wales, but immigrated to the United States with his parents as a child. He knows some Welsh, and proudly sings many songs in both Welsh and Italian.
But itâ€™s not the music heâ€™s most proud of, itâ€™s his family. Jones recently became a great grandfather and is also a great godfather to three more children. He even writes songs for them and plays them for our residents.
Cervetto said, “The man is a giver, he puts his heart and soul into his shows, he doesn’t hold anything back.”
Stop by next Tuesday, April 5th at 1:30 PM and listen to him for yourself! Or click on the video below to see a short clip of him playing at our community.