Director of Jazz Studies, Texas Tech University
Artist's BiographySaxophonist, composer, arranger and jazz educator Stephen Jones is Director of Jazz Studies at Texas Tech University and coordinator of the Texas Tech/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, Stephen was director of Jazz Studies at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas and at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. In addition he has held teaching positions at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University, and The University of North Texas. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Music degree with a Performer\'s Certificate in Clarinet from the State University of New York College at Potsdam, a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, and has just completed the coursework towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
An emerging composer/arranger, his work has been recorded by the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band\'s newly released albuma, As Of Yet and Freeplay. Stephen has also written several commissions, including work for vocalist Darden Purcell and jazz trumpet artist Tito Carillo. Other work has been performed by the George Robert Jazz Orchestra in Geneva, Switzerland. Some of his work is commercially available through Really Good Music, LLC.
He has been employed as a woodwind performer with the Walt Disney Company, Carnival Cruise Lines, has been a member of The University of North Texas One O\'Clock Lab Band, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Irving (Texas) Symphony Orchestra, and the Tulsa Philharmonic. Through membership in ensembles both professionally and academically, he has performed with these and other prominent artists: Rita Moreno, Jack Jones, Maynard Ferguson, Dave Brubeck, Slide Hampton, Conti Candoli, David Liebman, and Peter Erskine. He maintains an active performing schedule both on and of campus, Also active as an educator, Stephen has appeared as a guest artist, clinician, and/or adjudicator at contests and festivals in Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Since 1996 he has been on the faculty of the University of North Texas Summer Jazz Combo Workshop, and he served as an adjudicator for the 2010 and 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competitions.
Stephen is an Artist/Clinician for Conn-Selmer, Inc., and plays Selmer (Paris) Saxophones exclusively.