Jones Plays Jazz in Europe

Chelsi Rodriguez (10)

OC Associate Professor of Music Dr. Heath Jones (94) had the opportunity to perform at jazz festivals in France and Italy over the summer.

The accomplished saxophone player served as a guest soloist with the Jazz Ensemble from the University of Central Oklahoma. 

The ensemble, directed by Brian Gorrell, journeyed overseas in July to perform at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and at the 50th anniversary of the Jazz a Juan Festival in France. 

“The Umbria Festival is widely considered the most prestigious in Europe,” Jones said. 

In addition to teaching applied saxophone, music education, music technology, and jazz improvisation at Oklahoma Christian, Dr. Jones directs OC’s Jazz Ensemble and the OC Sweat Band. 

He is an active professional performer in the Oklahoma City area, playing with artists such as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, Jim Nabors and Leslie Gore.

Fall 2010

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