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Hailing from the “Home of the Blues” Memphis, Tennessee, Melvin Jones’ first professional recording opportunity came in 1998 while enrolled at Morehouse College when he appeared on TLC’s triple platinum hit album “Fanmail,” most notably on their smash hit No Scrubs.  During that same year, Melvin along with other classmates formed a wildly successful Latin Jazz Ensemble named Rio Negro that went forward to record three albums under their own name, while performing nationally before audiences that would later include two sitting U.S. Presidents.  After graduating Cum Laude from Morehouse College in 2001, Jones went forward to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Master's Degree in Music from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (New Jersey).  At Rutgers, he received the potent and intensive instruction of the late, world-renowned educator and trumpet impresario, William “Prof" Fielder, whose student roster includes such prolific musical figures as Wynton Marsailis, Terence Blanchard, Mike Mossman, Sean Jones, and Terrell Stafford.

Following a few years of high profile work in the Northeastearn Region, Melvin dramatically slowed the pace of his performance career to serve as the Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies for his alma mater Morehouse College.  At the age of 24, "Mr. Jones" officially became the youngest professor/ band director in the college's history, and under his leadership the Morehouse College “House of Funk” Marching Band re-established itself nationally as a powerhouse amongst HBCU Band Programs.  Additionally, the Jazz Ensemble's Spring Festival Series (initiated by his predecessor Dr. Tim Turner) continued to flourish garnering the talents of such esteemed musicians as Don Braden, Russell Gunn, Freddy Cole, and award-winning composer and trumpet virtuoso, Terence Blanchard.

 

After six years of service, Jones resigned from his position at Morehouse College to resume his performance endeavors full time. Almost immediately he began touring with Tyler Perry's company on his production, "Madea's Big Happy Family" which led to multiple national and international tours with Perry’s Company as well as multiple movie and television appearances on both sides of the camera.  Since then, Melvin has toured, recorded, and/or performed extensively around the world with such artists as PJ Morton, Patti Labelle, Illinois Jacquet, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Jason Marsalis, Jennifer Holliday, Stevie Wonder, Arrested Development, Young Jeezy, Marcus Roberts, The Anointed Pace Sisters, Missy Elliott, Johnny Gill, the Pussycat Dolls, Steve Turre, Gladys Knight, and the list goes on and on. Jones career has been all over the map having appeared on over 100 recordings, multiple television programs, performing in the house orchestras of multiple awards shows and talk shows, and appearing on stages across the world on four of the seven continents playing multiple genres of music.

 

Melvin was a favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Club in Doha, Qatar (UAE), notably hosting and performing for a small, private evening for the Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.  Jones also serves concurrently as an Artist-in-Residence for the “Mentoring Through the Music Arts” Program co-sponsored by the United Jazz Foundation and the US Virgin Islands Department of Education, as well as serving as the Trumpet Professor at Morehouse College.  Currently, Jones is enlisted as a member of the all star house orchestra as part of an extensive tour with Award Winning Director, Writer, and Media Mogul, Tyler Perry.  And between working on touring productions and movie soundtracks, Jones’ trumpet can be heard regularly on Television broadcasts such as BET’s “Soul Train Awards,” BET’s "Sunday Best,” or FOX TV’s “Masked Singer.”  With a work ethic that does not rest until the job(s) are done, Jones spends the rest of his “time off” either arranging, recording, contracting horn sections, or with his beautiful family.  It's clear that he is walking his destined musical path with no intentions of turning back.

 

Former and Present Memberships and Appointments:

NARAS, Grammy Foundation, BMI,GMEA,GAJE, AAJC, NANM, NCBD, IAJE, Board of Directors for Atlanta Jazz Society, Panelist for Georgia and Fulton County Council(s) of the Arts.