Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones

Canadian composer, trombonist and educator, Andrew Jones is active in the Toronto jazz, classical and commercial scene as a writer, clinician and a player. A graduate of the University of Toronto Jazz Performance Program (1999), he studied trombone with Jerry Johnson and lists his greatest compositional influences as Maria Schneider, Vince Mendoza and an upbringing filled with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass.

Emerging as one of Canada’s top young writers, Andrew is busy as a composer and arranger, working with many professional bands and developing his own independent business of creating educationally sound, original music for school-level jazz ensembles. In January 2010 he took over as the Artistic Director of The Brampton Jazz Mechanics and has recently joined the faculty of the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program as a sessional lecturer and jazz orchestra director.

In January 2008 he was recipient of the SOCAN/IAJE Phil Nimmons Emerging Jazz Composer Award, and was commissioned to debut a piece at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Toronto.

Other compositional highlights include pieces performed and/or recorded by The University of Toronto 10 O’Clock and 11 O’Clock Jazz Orchestras (under the direction of Paul Read, Phil Nimmons and Terry Promane), The Mohawk College Jazz Orchestra (Dave McMurdo), Musicfest Canada’s Yamaha All-Star Big Band, The Brampton Jazz Mechanics Big Band (Jim Lewis), The Toronto Jazz Orchestra (Josh Grossman), as well as commissions for The Hamilton All-Star Big Band and many secondary school programs across Ontario. He spent 6 years as head arranger for the Whitney Smith Big Steam Band(Toronto), was the winner of the 2005 Toronto Jazz Orchestra “Young Composers” Competition and recipient of the 2001 Don Wright Scholarship for Composition in Education (O.I.S.E.). More recently Andrew was published through ArtistShare as a contributing author for Brian Lillos’ book Jazz Pedagogy: A Canadian Perspective.

As a trombonist, Andrew is a regular member of many large and small ensembles as a leader and sideman, most recently as a part of the Paul Read Orchestra (P.R.O.) and Barry Romberg’s Random Access Large Ensemble (R.A.L.E.). He has crossed the high seas as a cruise ship musician and in 2002, performed as part of a tribute concert for Professor Phil Nimmons at the Governor General’s Awards in Ottawa.

In addition to his position at the University of Toronto, Andrew continues to work in public education through the arts program at Cawthra Park Secondary School, and is an instructor at numerous summer jazz programs where he continues his development of school level jazz fundamentals through composition.

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