Calvin Jones was a legendary figure in the Washington, D.C., community – “a versatile trombonist, pianist, bassist, composer and arranger – … one who extended his talents to the classrooms of Washington, from elementary schools to college, sharing a keen insider’s knowledge of the music’s importance to American history” (editorial, Washington Post, October 23, 2004).
He was a professor of music at the University of the District of Columbia, where he also served as director of the Jazz Studies program from 1976 until his death on October 10, 2004.
Among his many musical voices, the trombone was his signature instrument. He performed extensively, appearing at the Wolf Trap Jazz Festival and the Beale Street Jazz Festival and with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. His career included membership in the orchestra of the legendary Howard Theatre and the original Ray Charles Big Band.