About Patrick Jones

American Artist & Professor of Saxophone

Dr. Patrick Jones
American Artist and Professor of Saxophone

Patrick Jones has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician around the world. He is an active performer, educator and clinician. Jones currently teaches saxophone at the University of Idaho. Other faculty appointments include Edinboro University, University of Iowa, Allegheny Summer Music Festival and International Youth Festival.

His most recent solo recording "La Souplesse", includes music for saxophone and piano with introductory notes by Richard Ingham.

Dr. Jones has conducted clinics and master classes at both the secondary and collegiate levels around the world. With nearly twenty years of teaching experience, Jones has publications ranging from The Instrumentalist magazine to BandDirector.com.

Jones is actively involved with commissioning and premiering new works for saxophone. He has presented a number of world premieres with orchestras and small ensembles as a soloist. Premieres and commissions or commissioning projects include three-time Grammy nominated composer Miguel del Aguila, Academy-award winning composer David Gompper, Guggenheim Fellowship recipient David Stock, Grammy-award winning composer Libby Larson, Ruby Fulton, David Heuser, Faye-Ellen Silverman and Steven Simpson. Jones also presented similar world premieres at a number of other conferences including World Saxophone Conferences in France, Slovenia, Montreal and Minnesota, International Saxophone Symposiums in Washington D.C., S.E.A.M.U.S Convention in Iowa, ElectroAcoustical Mini Festival in Washington, North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conferences in Cincinnati, Illinois, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Indiana and New York. 

Jones has appeared with internationally celebrated artists and ensembles throughout his career. As a featured soloist he has performed with the Grammy award-winning ensemble Imani Winds, Zagreb Saxophone Quartet, Erie Philharmonic under the batons of Victor Yampolsky, Hugh Keelan, Daniel Meyer, Erie Chamber Orchestra and the Edinboro Chamber Ensemble. Other performances include the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra/Ute Lemper under the baton of Andreas Delfs with broadcasts on Performance Today, NPR’s St. Paul Sunday and WCLV, home of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Patrick Jones has received many honors and awards throughout his life including advancing or placing in national as well as international competitions such as the ARD International Competition in Munich, Germany, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Convention, IWASH Young Artist Concerto Competition and the Heida Hermann’s Young Artist’s Competition.

As a woodwind player, he has performed and taught the clarinet in various professional or collegiate settings including solo, chamber and large ensembles.  His tenure in the clarinet section with the Erie Chamber Orchestra/Lake Erie Ballet lasted for over ten years.

When it comes to jazz, Jones has been an invited guest conductor at a number of jazz festivals and actively plays around the Northwest. He has performed in bands featuring artists such as Marcus Printup, Joe Lovano, Dominick Farinacci, Pat Harbison, Lionel Hampton, Claudio Roditi as well as many others.  As a soloist, he has been invited to perform with groups/artists such as the Palouse Jazz Project, Marshall Griffith (Cleveland Institute of Music) and TriBop. Over the years he has received awards such as Best Jazz Saxophonist at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and given performances (solo/ensemble) for live stage shows on Holland America cruise ships.

Patrick Jones received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone at the University of Minnesota.  His teachers include Eugene Rousseau (University of Minnesota/Indiana University), David Baker (Indiana University), Ramon Ricker (Eastman School of Music) and Robert Miller (University of Idaho).

Patrick Jones is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays exclusively on E. Rousseau Mouthpieces. For more information, please visit www.pjsax.com.

Otis Murphy (Indiana University) and Patrick Jones (Edinboro University), saxophones with Haruko Murphy, piano
Summer Song..Suite of Dreams, Dr. Lee Williams