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Melvin Jones

Born: July 17, 1979    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Melvin Jones

Melvin McCuin Jones possesses a stylistic philosophy, an almost hypnotic sound, and technical facility found among few trumpeters his age. He seems to shine seamlessly in almost any musical setting. Whether he's playing lead trumpet, screaming on top of a professional horn section, performing serious classical repertoire, or stepping out in front of a jazz quartet and leading a jam session, this young man proves to be quite capable of capturing the attention of any audience.

Melvin first began his professional musical journey in 1998 while attending Morehouse College when he made an appearance on TLC’s triple platinum hit album “Fanmail.” During the same year, Melvin along with two other “Men of Morehouse” (Kevin Johnson and Broderick Santiago) formed one of the most popular Latin Jazz Ensembles in the Southeastern American Region named Rio Negro. Earning a large amount of success and popularity, the ensemble recorded three albums under their own name, while continuously performing nationally before audiences that range from the hundreds to the thousands. Since the creation of that ensemble, this Memphis, Tennessee native has shared the stage with a diverse range of musical icons such as Quincy Jones, Jon Faddis, Antonio Hart, Jennifer Lopez, Carmen Lundy, Kirk Whalum, Ray Charles, Erykah Badu, Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Michael McDonald, Bill Cosby, Illinois Jacquet, George Bohannan, Clark Terry, and Omar, a British Pop sensation to name a few....
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”Melvin is the real deal!!” -Marcus Printup

“One of the most refreshing new voices on the scene! His music is right on time!” - Rodney Jordan

“Melvin Jones is one of the finest trumpet players I know. His versatility, from soloing to lead trumpet, always makes him an in demand musician.” - Ralph Peterson

“Melvin Jones is the essence of perfection. His sound is smooth polished and sophisticated. He is a great educator and shares his gifts freely with up and coming young artists. Miles is looking up at him smiling.” -Bill Summers

Avery Sunshine; Avery Sunshine (2010) BigShine Music- Soul/ Gospel/ Urban Jazz Solid State Hornz Iamdanielmoore (EP); Daniel Moore (2010) DEM TWO Music- Pop Melvin Jones- Trumpet/ Flugelhorn Born 2 Sing; Rok (2009) Testimony Records- Gospel Solid State Hornz Renewed; Sherri Jones-Moffett (2009) EMI- Gospel Melvin Jones- Trumpet Better Days; Tracy Hamlin (2009) DMH Records- Urban/ R&B Soul Melvin Jones- Muted Trumpet Laura Coyle; Self-Titled Album (2008) Independent- Straight-Ahead Jazz Melvin Jones-Trumpet Doll Domination; Pussycat Dolls feat. Missy Elliott (2008) Interscope Records- Pop/ R&B Melvin Jones- Trumpet Metamorphosis; Maysa (2008) Shanachie- Pop/ Jazz Melvin Jones- Trumpet Turn Up the Radio (Single); Nicole Scherzinger (2008) Interscope Records- Pop/ R&B Melvin Jones- Trumpet Celebrating the Heart of Christmas (Live); The Pace Family (2007) Tyscott Records- Gospel/ Seasonal Solid State Hornz Live Sessions; State of the Art featuring Sonny Emory (2007) Sonny Emory- Funk/ Smooth Jazz Melvin Jones- Trumpet/ Flugelhorn Jesus We Bless Your Name; T. Lynn Smith (2007) Independent- Gospel/ Praise and Worship Solid State Hornz Spend My Life With You; PJ Morton Band (2007) Upcoming release on Brash Music- Funk/ Soul/ R&B Solid State Hornz The Look of Love; Pamela Williams (2007) Shanachie Entertainment/ The Orchard Melvin Jones- Trumpet I Feel Ya; Ron James (2007) Independent- Ron James; Smooth Jazz/ Soul Melvin Jones- Trumpet/ Flugelhorn Return (Live in Atlanta); The Annointed Pace Sisters (2006) Tyscott Records- Gospel Solid State Hornz Return to New Orleans Tribute; Sonny Emory (2006) Verve- Funk/ Jazz/ Soul Melvin Jones- Trumpet/ Muted-Trumpet Jamm; Jamie Portee' (2006) Independent- Soul/ Gospel Melvin Jones- Trumpet/ Fluelhorn/ Muted Trumpet Special Requests; Janis Carter (2005) Fan'Tasti Productions- Jazz/ Contemporary Melvin Jones- Trumpet Tribute to New Orleans; Various Artists (2005) Independent- Jazz/ Nu-Jazz Melvin Jones- Trumpet Magic Dreams; William Green (2004) VOA Music- Smooth Jazz Melvin Jones- Trumpet Final Concert live at the Lincoln Center; Illinois Jacquet Big Band (2004) Release by the Smithsonian Institute of Jazz; Jacquet Records- Swing Illinois Jacquet Big Band Sonido X; Rio Negro (2003) LaVista Records- Latin Jazz Melvin Jones- Trumpet A Garden State Salute; Ray Charles & Rutgers Univ. Orchestra (2002) Public Broadcast Network- Various Styles Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble Jazz You Must Own!; Borders Bookstore (2001) Bethlehem Archives/ Avenue Jazz- Nu-Jazz/ Jazz Rio Negro

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Primary Instrument:
Trumpet

Location:
REX, GA

Willing to teach:
Beginners

Credentials/Background:
Morehouse College Director of Bands Responsibilities include: -Marching Band Administration, Instruction, Musical Arranging, Field Show Design -Jazz Ensemble Administration, Instruction, Musical Selection, and Organizer for the Annual Morehouse College Jazz Festival -Symphonic Band Administration in Collaboration with the Ensemble Director Morehouse College Brass Instructor Responsibilities include: -Trumpet Instruction and pedagogy, Trombone Instruction and Pedagogy, Tuba Instruction and pedagogy, and French Horn Instruction and Pedagogy Morehouse College Jazz History Professor Responsibilities include: -Instruction of Jazz History Course for Music Majors and Non Majors

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Multiple Clinic Services offered for: Brass Technique -Breathing Techniques, Posture and Tone Control, Flexibility Studies, and Pedagogical Studies Jazz Ensemble -Instructional Techniques, Arranging Techniques, Historical References Jazz Improvisation -Developing a Sold Improvisational Concept, Using Basic technical Skills in Improvised Solo Form, Interplay with Rhythm Section, Advanced Rhythmic Studies Marching Band Techniques -Drill Design, Performance Techniques, Instructional Techniques, Musical Arranging and Scoring

-Endorsed by Phaeton Trumpets -Playing on a Phaeton Silver Matte-Lacquered PHT 2060 Bb Trumpet -Also playing on a Phaeton Gold Matte-Lacquered PHT 2030 Bb Trumpet -Also playing on a French Besson Marvin Stamm Custom, Prototype Flugelhorn

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