Melvin Jones

Melvin Jones

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
BandJazzAcoustic

I have been fortunate enough to play in a LARGE variety of musical styles throughout my career, and I'm really excited about the type of music it has led me to create on my most recent project. I'm even more excited at the opportunity to share that music with the world. Let's get it!

Biography

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 enrolled at 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 worked with a diverse range of musical icons in various settings such as Quincy Jones, Jon Faddis, Antonio Hart, Jennifer Lopez, Kirk Whalum, Ray Charles, Erykah Badu, Isaac Hayes, 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, Terence Blanchard, David Sanchez, and Kenny Garrett. After completing his graduate studies with top honors, Melvin immediately began instructing trumpet students privately and giving lectures at various universities and high schools while continuing to perform extensively across the country with various ensembles.

In the fall of 2004, Melvin slowed the pace of his performance career to serve as the Interim Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies for his alma mater Morehouse College, a prestigious Historically Black Institution located in Atlanta, Geogia. Having joined the faculty of this illustrious institution at the age of 24, "Mr. Jones" officially became the youngest Collegiate Band Director in the college's history (and the nation during that time). The Morehouse Band Program experienced such phenomenal growth under "Mr. Jones'" leadership, that his temporary appointment transformed into a more permanent stint which spanned nearly six years. Of particular note were the accomplishments of the Morehouse College Marching Band (dubbed the "House of Funk") establishing itself as a new powerhouse amongst HBCU Band Programs, and the Jazz Ensemble's Spring Concert Series which featured such esteemed musicians as Don Braden, Sean Jones, Freddy Cole, and most recently award-winning composer and trumpet virtuoso, Terence Blanchard.

The beginning of 2010 signaled the beginning of a new chapter in Melvin's career, as he resigned from his position at Morehouse College to resume his performance endeavors full time. This refocus of his abilities was marked by the fantastic opportunity to tour with Tyler Perry's company on his latest production, "Madea's Big Happy Family" which ran through the Spring of 2011 before being released on DVD format and later retold in a movie version (in which Jones also appears). 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 and the inspiration of the next generation of aspiring musicians.

Currently, Melvin's long-delayed, solo debut under the Turnaround Records label has enjoyed top charting honors and fantastic reviews since its April release. Melvin also continues to uphold his rigorous performance calendar and occasionally presents lectures and clinics across the country. He can be seen frequently in the horn section for the House Band of the Mo'Nique Show, The Penthouse Players, which airs weekly on B.E.T. Additionally, Melvin is an endorsed artist for Phaeton Trumpets whose instruments he plays exclusively. As an educator, Mr. Jones maintains membership in the GMEA, 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 occasionally 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/ re

Discography

Recent Releases:

Pivot; Melvin Jones (2011)
Turnaround Records- Jazz
Melvin Jones- Self-Produced

Madea's Big Happy Family: The Play; Tyler Perry (2010)
Lionsgate Films/ Tyler Perry Studios- DVD
Melvin Jones- Trumpet/ Flugelhorn

Goodness and Mercy; Jennifer Holliday and Rev. Dr. Warnock (2010)
Independent- Gospel
Melvin Jones- Trumpet/ Flugelhorn/ Arranger

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

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

State of the Art featuring Sonny Emory (Live-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); The Annointed Pace Sisters (2006)
Tyscott Records- Gospel
Solid State Hornz

Special Requests; Janis Carter (2005)
Fan'Tasti Productions- Jazz/ Contemporary

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

Set List

Set Lists Vary According to the Musical Setting and the Audience. I would prefer that my quintet be booked in settings which are appropriate settings for the original compositions distributed on my debut solo release "Pivot" (2011).

Genres covered in Repertoire:
Traditional Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Modern Post-bop Jazz, R&B, Gospel, and Original Compositions and Arrangements

Solid State Hornz Section:
Pre-Ensemble Horn Section available for Live Shows, Live Recordings, and Studio Recordings covering various musical styles; Configurations range from 2 horns to a full section and even a big band whenever necessary, depending on the project budget and the vision of the requesting party; Also available to arrange and/ or create horn parts with restrictions on advance notification

Also available for Educational Clinics, Masterclasses, and Musical Demonstrations in Classical Music, Jazz Pedagogy, Band Instructional Techniques, and Trumpet Technical Studies