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.
Melvin graduated from Morehouse College with honors in 2001, and then set his sights on higher educational goals. While pursuing a Master's Degree in Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Jersey, Jones received the potent and intensive instruction of world-renowned educator and trumpeter, William “Prof” Fielder, whose student roster includes such prolific musical figures as Wynton Marsailis, Terrence Blanchard, David Sanchez, and Kenny Garrett. After completing his graduate studies, Melvin immediately began instructing trumpet students privately and giving lectures at various universities and high schools while continuing to perform across the country.
In the fall of 2004, Melvin accepted the position as the new Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies for Morehouse College, a prestigious Historically Black Institution located in Atlanta, Geogia. Having joined the faculty of his alma mater at the age of 24, Mr. Jones officially became the youngest Director of Bands in the college's history (and the nation during that time). A consummate and erudite musician, Melvin hopes to one day join that particular delineation of artists that have played a vital part in the advancement of their respective art.
Currently, Melvin maintains the position as The Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies at Morehouse College while continuing to pursue a rigorous recording/performing career. As an educator, Mr. Jones maintains membership in the IAJE, GAJE, AAJC, NANM, NCBD, and various community- centered educational initiatives. Melvin also sits on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Jazz Society, as well as serving regularly as a panelist for the Fulton County Council of the Arts. Melvin also serves as co- founder for the increasingly popular, pre-ensemble horn section named Solid State, whose recent list of accolades include performances/ recordings with The Anointed Pace Sisters, T. Lynn Smith, The Pusscat Dolls, Fergie, Nicole Scherzinger, Missy Elliott, Polow da Don, Keri Hilson, Gladys Knight, John Legend, Byron Cage, PJ Morton, and most recently the Original Dreamgirl herself, Jennifer Holiday.
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