Kevin Jones, Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone, joins the College of Music faculty after previously holding teaching appointments at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of South Carolina, Lander University, and Presbyterian College. As a performing artist, Jones toured with James Brown, Kenny Loggins, and the Ringling Bros. Circus, and was a featured artist for Princess Cruise Lines. He has numerous performing credits with jazz and commercial artists, including the Temptations, Bucky Pizzarelli, Aretha Franklin, Joshua Redman, David Sanborn, Bill Holman, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Jim McNeely, Burt Bacharach, and Barry Manilow. His research interests include the pedagogy of jazz and the use of improvisation to improve aural skills in non-jazz students. Jones is also an accomplished saxophonist, having performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, as well as at the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference.