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Michael T. Jones '96, piano


Jazz pianist Michael T. Jones, originally from Washington, D.C., has made Buffalo, New York, his home since earning his degree at the conservatory. He has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony, and with musicians Steve Gadd, David “Fathead” Newman, Don Menza, Ritchie Cole, Ira Sullivan, Buck Hill, and Ernie Andrews.

Jones has three albums with vocalist Michael Civisca, and he produced and recorded his own CD, Redd-Jones, with pianist Robert Redd in 2003. He also made numerous appearances with Keter Betts, the late long-time bass player for Ella Fitzgerald, and is on Betts's CD, Live at the East Coast Jazz Festival, with Dennis Mackrel, Jerry Weldon, Dave Steinmeyer, and Etta Jones.

Since 2000, Jones has worked at Q.R.S. Music Player Pianos and Technology, a company founded in 1900 that specializes in producing piano player rolls. Jones has joined a roster of famous jazz pianists who have recorded for Q.R.S., including James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Marion McPartland, and George Shearing. Jones has recorded more than 100 albums for the Q.R.S. Pianomation system and several player piano rolls in his work as an arranger for the Pennsylvania-based-company.

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