David Lee Jones was born and raised in Houston, Tx, a city that is deeply rooted in Blues, R&B and Soul music. At the age of 8 he began to study the violin and piano until he reached age 10 where he decided the saxophone was to be the instrument for him. David’s early influences were Hank Crawford, Grover Washington, Gary Bartz, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ronnie Laws, David “Fahead” Newman, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Arnett Cobb, Eddie Harris and Julian “Cannonball” Adderly. .From 1976 to 1978 David attended Texas Southern University in Houston where he studied Music Education with a minor in Jazz Studies..
In January of 1980 David decided to move to Boston, MA to study at Berklee College of Music. There he sharpened his skills as a woodwindist studying the saxophone, flute, clarinet and composition obtaining a B. A. in Jazz Composition and Arranging. At Berklee he received many awards and honors including The Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Composition.
In January of 1990 David moved to New York City to further pursue his career as a professional musician. Subsequently he landed his first gig with organist Jack McDuff. After a short tenure with McDuff David went on to work as a sub for saxophonist / flautist Jerome Richardson on the Broadway musical “Black and Blue”. In 1992 David began working with the late Phyllis Hyman and The Mingus Big band, He played auxiliary keyboards as well as saxophones in her band for a subsequent three years.
In between his tenure with Phyllis he left her band for one and a half years to work with the grammy award winning jazz / rap group “Digable Planets”. David toured with them and appeared on numerous television shows such as MTV, Arsenio Hall, Jay Leno and David Letterman and the 1994 Grammys. That year the group won a grammy for “Best Rap Group or Duo”. On the second CD release of Digable Planets entitled “Blow Out Comb”, David played as well as wrote all of the featured interludes for that particular project.
Since his residence in New York, David has worked and recorded with many artist including Sade (toured as opening act), Onaje Allan Gumbs, Digable Planets, Phyllis Hyman, Melba Moore, Jennifer Holliday, American Idol; Jordin Sparks, Anita Baker, Regina Carter, The Mingus Big Band, The Ellington Orchestra, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, George Benson, Clark Terry, Jimmy McGriff, The Dells, The Chi-Lites, Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Scott, Jean Carne, “Brother” Jack McDuff, Roy Ayers and Aaron Neville
Most recently, David has worked recently with actors John Liithgow and Matthew Donehey (In the upcoming film “Everyday”) and has Performed at many of the major festivals around the world including: The Montreaux Jazz Festival, Switzerland / Roskilde Festival, Denmark / Glastonbury,Festival England / Pori Jazz Festival, Helsinki, Finland / Escape Theatre, Amsterdam / North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, The Netherlands / Palais Du Sport, Paris, France / Nice Jazz Festival, Nice, France / Vienna Jazz Festival, Vienna Austria and the Pescara Jazz Festival, Pescara, Italy and the 1994 Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, to name a few.
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