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29 May 1978, Warren, Ohio, USA. As a child Jones sang in church, then played drums before taking up trumpet, studying at high school, under Esotto Pellegrini, and at Youngstown State University. Drawn to jazz, he was influenced by hearing on record Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. He played briefly on cruise ships before becoming a schoolteacher. Persuaded by fellow trumpeter Derrick Gardner, Jones moved to New York City where, with the benefit of a fellowship at Rutgers University, he studied with Bill Fielder. He began a long-term musical relationship with Charles Fambrough and soon became widely known.
Among artists with whom Jones has worked are Frank Foster, Tia Fuller, Tom Harrell, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Ralph Peterson, Steve Turre and Gerald Wilson. Following a big band date with the latter for Mack Avenue Records, Jones was contracted for his own-name...