Born: July 17, 1979 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
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....
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
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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
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