Over 15 years of teaching music to children of all age groups. 6 years Army Band musician.
I love to have fun with my kids.
Stellar Award Nominee,
Jacksonville State University Graduate classes New Mexico State University Music Education Berklee College of Music - Music studies
Lionel Jones has currently finished his latest project entitled “Papa Jones”. It has received several awards to include a Stellar Award nomination. Since Lionel’s Stellar Nomination, he has appeared on the nationally syndicated T.V. One show “The Gospel of Music, The Bobby Jones Gospel Show, The One Love Gospel Cruise, and The Sweet Auburn Music Festival. He has sung background vocals at the Gospel Heritage Music Awards for such notables as Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Byron Cage, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, V. Michael McKay, and Andre Crouch. Lionel opened in concert for gospel greats like Dottie Peoples and Helen Baylor. Lionel’s music is being played all over the world on local and international T.V. and radio programs such as 102.5 WPZE, and 91.9 WCLK The Jazz of the City, Smooth Jazz Cable Network, Pandora, Sirius XM, and Jango internet radio. "Papa Jones" is a wonderful fusion of smooth jazz that closely resembles the music of such greats as Bob James, Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyro, and the Rippington’s. Lionel is also an accomplished singer. His vocal range is as wide and diverse as his sound. Lionel’s voice has been compared to jazz greats like Al Jarreau, and Michael Franks. When Lionel plays the vibes you can’t help but think of jazz notables such as the late great Lionel Hampton and Roy Ayers. Lionel Jones was born in Verdun France. Traveling most of his young life, Lionel calls the world his home. Having roots in Baltimore Maryland, Lionel cultivated his musical sounds of urban contemporary to blend in with different genres from around the world. Lionel started his formal music training on the snare drum at a Junior High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Lionel played in his High School drum line and received the John Phillips Sousa Award. Following graduation he took his talents to the Hutchinson Sky Ryder’s Drum and Bugle Corps. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at New Mexico State University. Lionel discovered his unique talent for the vibraphone at N.M.S.U. He was encouraged to pursue vocal training because of his smooth and lyrical voice. So Lionel accepted a scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he studied both vocal and percussion training for a year. While at Berklee, Lionel performed with such jazz notables as Cyrus Chestnut, Delphio Marselus, Mark Whitfield, and Jeff Sparks. He furthered his formal musical training by completing Master Degree courses at Jacksonville State University. Lionel has toured all over the world. He has performed in such places as Germany, London England, Canada, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. After college, Lionel spent 6 years performing percussion instruments and singing in the Army Band. Continuing to pursue his musical career he remained in the South and calls “Atlanta Georgia” his home, where he teaches music in the Dekalb County public school system. Lionel is now putting the finishing touches to his next highly awaited project entitled, “All Around the World”. Lionel’s creative style brings you into a world that has no boundaries. His music is an inspiration to all those who hear it. Lionel Jones is a brilliant musician with extraordinary talent to create jazz music that soothes the soul, restores peace of mind and ushers you into the place of tranquility we all long for.