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Jones received a BM from the USC Thornton School
of Music and a BM from The Juilliard School. He
has shared the stage with many jazz legends and
cultural icons, including James Moody, Alicia
Keys, Clint Eastwood, and many more.
performances and compositions have received considerable
acclaim, including The New York Times,
which praised his performance in the world premiere
of Concerto for Ornette with the following:
"Your mission, should you choose to accept
it, is to improvise freely on alto saxophone throughout
the premiere of a concerto not only inspired by
Ornette Coleman, one of the most natural melodists
and distinctive improvisers in American music,
but also actually intended for Mr. Coleman to
perform. You should evoke the work's dedicatee
without merely mimicking his sound and gestures.
Oh, and Mr. Coleman will be watching, amid an
audience of his admirers and renowned jazz-world
peers. Under the circumstances you could feel
that Morgan deserved a medal just for agreeing
to play Carman Moore's "Concerto for Ornette."
But Mr. Jones, whose biography notes that he formed
his first jazz band when he was 12, needed no
sympathy vote. He opened the performance with
a brief, freewheeling solo statement that combined
a Gallic suavity with Mr. Coleman's bluesy slurs
and chortling cascades."
Morgan received ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards
for his compositions, "New Orleans"
and "The Loneliest Monk." He is the
founder and CEO of XODA Studios, a company that
connects video game makers with composers.