From performing to collaborating to experimenting to teaching, Kyle Jones get as much from music as humanly possible.
Kyle Jones actually started studying classical music fairly late. Most students begin in elementary school or early junior high. He began in middle school.
“I was very fortunate to begin studying with a teacher here in Kingsport who is a perfectionist, Tom Crawford. He is very patient and professional, but he also demands a lot from his students. I studied with him while I attended North High School, and I continued to study with him at East Tennessee State University. I learned so much from Tom.”
Tom is known for giving young students a solid foundation in music.
Kyle has worked hard in recent years to perfect his love of classical saxophone music, graduating from East Tennessee State University, then the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where he received his Master’s Degree and studied with Gary Louie.
In addition to the saxophone, Kyle also plays clarinet and flute.
He admits he enjoys performing a variety of saxophone music, but enjoys teaching too. So much so that he is spending two weeks in Kingsport this summer working with the Dobyns-Bennett High School Band, an opportunity he's been looking forward to for some time.
On Aug. 5, Jones will be giving a concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City as part of the church’s “Friends of Music Series.” During this concert, Jones will be joined by several guest artists in presenting an afternoon of classical saxophone repertoire - both old and new, as well as innovative and contemporary compositions, something he is particularly interested in sharing with audiences. He will be joined by collaborative pianist Robert Jeter, Dr. Amanda Johnson and Eric Black to present the newer pieces.
He also appeared with organist Vickie Fey, formerly organist at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, to perform several saxophone selections at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia on July 22.
“One of the things I really enjoy doing as a saxophone performer,” Kyle explains, “is playing will different instruments and selections of styles.Playing with other saxophones, such as a quartet, gives you a very different sound than when you play with several different instruments. There’s a different intensity and energy that produces a different sound and that excites me because it changes the overall sound of the piece. It’s also a good way to bridge the gap between jazz and classical.”
Jones will present his concert in Johnson City at 3 p.m., August 5. There is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for what’s next... later this summer, Kyle will leave Kingsport once again - this time for Austin, Texas, where he will begin working towards an Artist’s Diploma. No doubt he will also find kindred souls with which to perform and collaborate new and different styles. Austin is, after all, a city known for its music.
Hopefully, his hometown will have many more opportunities to hear Kyle's work. Perhaps on a future CD?