Jones continued to travel extensively, on occasion under the aegis of the Canadian government, until he entered semiretirement in 1994; an African tour was documented by the National Film Board's Oliver Jones in Africa (1989). He was heard on 15 LPs and CDs recorded between 1982 and his semi-retirement from music in 1999, notably Lights of Burgundy, Cookin' at Sweet Basil (recorded at the New York club Sweet Basil), the solo piano Just 88 and From Lush to Lively (with big band and string orchestra 2006). Post-retirement recordings have included Just You, Just Me (with Ranee Lee, 2005), One More Time (with Dave Young and Jim Doxas, 2006) and Serenade (DVD, 2006).
Oliver Jones has received Félix Awards (presented by ADISQ, the L'Association du disque et de l'industrie du spectacle québécois) in 1989, 1994, 2007 and 2008 and JUNO AWARDS in 1986, 1990, 2006 and 2009. His most recent album, Pleased to Meet You, was nominated for a Juno in 2010.
Oliver Jones was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1994 and in February 2013 his image was reproduced on a Canadian stamp, released as part of celebrations for Black History Month.
Links to Other Sites
Oliver Jones - Giving Something Back
An interview with Oliver Jones, one of Canada's premier mainstream jazz pianists. From the website for "La Scena Musicale."
Oliver Jones in Africa
View screen shots from the 1990 NFB documentary about Oliver Jones’ trip to Africa, where he “discovered the roots of much of today’s music.”
Oliver Jones and Oscar Peterson
Watch a video clip featuring jazz greats Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones playing "Hymn to Freedom." From YouTube.
Watch jazz master Oliver Jones perform "Remembering Chris" on the CBC Radio program Q. From YouTube.