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Jones moves hearts through his profoundly genuine playing and infectious groove he honed in Portland before becoming a nationally recognized smooth jazz artist and electrifying festival performer.
As Jones established himself throughout the Northwest, he never disconnected from his community or roots. He often performs at the Oregon Symphony’s Gospel Christmas show and benefit concerts for local organizations. Jones values his role as a mentor and has provided a training ground for outstanding musicians including his brother Anthony Jones (Pink Martini), Chris Turner (Prince), and Darius Fentress (Fred Hammond). In 2017, World Arts Foundation recognized Jones with a Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute for the blessing his music has been to the Portland community.