Jamar K Jones
Jamar’s story begins as a child prodigy on piano. Following his mother’s intuition to enroll him in a class at the age of four, it was only a few short years before Jamar was not only composing original tunes, but performing them in recitals. Never one to rest on early laurels, he became an avid student of music, theory and technique while performing with the following: Philadelphia Academy Boys Choir; the Grammy All-American High School and Grammy Delaware Valley Regional High School Jazz bands; Philadelphia All-City Jazz Band and the Mellon Jazz Festival High School Band.
Jamar admits that his greatest lessons were acquired playing in the Pentecostal church. “It presented me with a critical vehicle to experiment with musical styles, plus develop a discipline for musicianship solely through playing by ear,” he said.
A graduate of Central High School of Philadelphia, Jamar remains close to his roots, having orchestrated a grant from the Connelly Foundation to build a new computer music lab, which provided tools for students to learn composition and arranging in a modern, technological setting.
As a jazz arrangement and composition major at Temple University in Philadelphia, Jamar began working professionally in the music industry. His first producer credit was “Dear God” for fellow Philadelphia natives Boyz II Men on their Grammy-nominated album, “Evolution” in 1997. To date, he has worked as producer, music director, songwriter, string arranger and session musician for a who’s who list of artists including: Jill Scott; Fantasia; Jamie Foxx; Kanyé West; Musiq Soulchild; Richard Smallwood; Mary Mary; the Philly Pops as well as the producer of the theme song, “So Amazing” for the Denzel Washington movie “The Hurricane,” featuring Boyz II Men and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
After continuing to be recognized as a skilled producer, arranger, and musician, Jones played in the rhythm section for the live performance of the 2018 Oscars and soundtrack for award-nominated film, “The Greatest Showman.” He is the 2018 recipient of an ASCAP award for Top Cable Television Series for The New Edition Story, on which he was an underscore composer.
Currently, Jamar is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Arlington and director of Music Industry Studies.
- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Pit Musician (Keyboards)
- Keyboard Programmer
- Sound Designer/Composer
- Music Producer/Record Producer
- Classroom music teacher at an educational institution
- THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)