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The newest directions in 21st Century trumpet performance are being explored and defined by Courtney D. Jones, an award-winning Bach performing and recording artist who has also emerged as a leading figure in contemporary performance and pedagogy, chamber and brass band conducting, pedagogy, and service to inner-city youth through music outreach programs., Dr. Jones is in high demand as a soloist, clinician, and adjudicator while transcending stylistic boundaries performing throughout North America and Internationally.  

In addition to his solo performance career and performing with well-known jazz and popular artists, he has shared the stage with famous artists or groups such as Kenny Burrell, B.B. King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rihanna, Lalo Schifrin, Vanessa Williams, Boy George and The Culture Club, and Stevie Wonder. Dr. Jones has performed as a featured soloist or collaborative artist with the Golden States Pop Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony Orchestra, the Macao Orchestra (China), the Pasadena Orchestra, the Debut Orchestra, the Inspiravi Chamber Orchestra, the Orchid City Brass Band, the Oslo Philharmonic (Norway), the Long Beach Opera, Symphony of the Americas, the Los Angeles Trombone Collective in collaboration with James Miller, the Salt-River Brass Band, the Gateways Festival Orchestra, and was appointed Musical Director of the Orchid City Brass Band of South Florida. Courtney is also represented by the Naxos and Summit Music labels and his feature film and television credits include music performed for GleeNotes from DadCougar Town, and Criminal Minds, among other works mentioned on his personal website’s media category.

Dr. Jones completed his Doctor of Musical Arts and taught at UCLA, served as Visiting Professor of Trumpet at the University of Iowa, Lecturer of Music at Columbus State University, and currently Associate Professor of Trumpet & Artistic Director of Jazz and Chamber Ensembles at Florida Atlantic University. Between teaching and solo performing engagements, Jones has promoted music education and instrumental performance in inner-city schools through the Music Outreach Program at UCLA, The Harmony Project of Los Angeles, Trumpets 4 Kids in Dallas, Texas, the Nat King Cole Hope, Inc. Foundation and the Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, New York. Each of these programs offers schoolchildren arts-in-education opportunities. These programs are essential because they provide underserved, inner-city students, and communities with musical training and mentorship that would otherwise be inaccessible.