I have a very holistic approach to teaching. Sound, Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, and Form are at the core of my teaching philosophy for students of all ages. Whatever artistic direction a musician wants to venture down, the fundamentals of music should be at the foundation. My approach to working with a student is from a place of sharing and open-minded exploration of these five elements, so that we get to the core of what a student is searching for. I believe that a student’s artistic development is a combination of discipline and personal vision. No matter where a student is in their development as a musician, we will work together to find a consistent method of daily practice that will help them achieve their individual approach to music.
What do you want to explore with Sound?
What do you want to explore with Rhythm?
What do you want to explore with Melody?
What do you want to explore with Harmony?
What do you want to explore with Form?
I want to awaken creativity and imagination in my students. My interests and influences are broad. I have a deep respect and love for the jazz tradition but am not beholden to it. By investigating the history of this music I can help students distill and focus what they’re hearing and learning from jazz, and activate it in their own playing. Individual expression is what we’re all seeking as artists. I don’t believe in short cuts—musicians need to spend the time to really internalize musical concepts, ideas and techniques if they want something specific to happen in their playing.
Darius Jones is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist and composer who joined the New York music community in 2005. In the last decade he has amazed and inspired musicians and audiences from widely divergent backgrounds with his meticulously honed musical gifts. Soul-power is at his foundation; forward-looking expression always at the core. He was signed to AUM Fidelity Records in February 2009 and already has a string of diverse recordings, including his 2009 debut as a leader, Man’ish Boy (A Raw and Beautiful Thing) and Cosmic Lieder: The Darkseid Recital, an intergenerational partnership with pianist Matthew Shipp, which came out in 2014.
He has collaborated with artists including Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host, Oliver Lake, William Parker, Trevor Dunn’s Proof Readers, Cooper-Moore, Eric Revis Quartet, Nasheet Waits “Equality” Band, Tarbaby, Branford Marsalis, Andrew Cyrille, Jason Moran, Kris Davis, James Carter, Vijay Iyer, Fay Victor, Sam Newsome, and many more. Commissioned by John Zorn, Jones recently lead a week-long residency at NYC’s The Stone, showcasing the diverse and prolific offering of his compositions and ensembles.
Jones was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship by Roulette in 2008, which he used to launch his chamber ensemble, the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, a project dedicated to new works for voice. Roulette continued their support for Jones’ work through a Jerome Foundation Commission, and he was a Jerome Artist-in-Residence when the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit premiered his vocal composition, The Oversoul Manual, in the Spring of 2014. Jones made his compositional debut at Carnegie Hall with The Oversoul Manual in October of 2014.
Jones was nominated in 2013 for Alto Saxophonist of the Year, and for Up & Coming Artist of the Year two years in a row for the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards. Also in 2013 he was awarded the French-American Jazz Exchange grant for a collaboration with French vocalist Emilie Lesbros, which culminated in the album Le bebe de Brigitte (Lost in Translation), released in August 2015. Jones was one of Jazz Times’ Debut Artists of the Year for 2009 and his 2012 release, Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise), was listed among NPR’s Best Top 10 Jazz Albums of that year. “Jones speaks through his alto in an original and unforced language,” writes DownBeat’s Joe Tangari. Critics have called him “robustly creative” (Nate Chinen, New York Times) and “one of NYC’s most incisive and passionate saxists” (Time Out New York). AllAboutJazz.com reviewer Troy Collins writes, “Jones has set the stage for a winning series of albums designed to document his rise as one of the most impressive and unique voices of our time.”