Morgan Jones
MM The Juilliard School
Piano

Morgan 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.

His 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.



 

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