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.