Arlington Jones II
Arlington "Ollie" Julius Jones II was born June 15, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois. He began studying the piano at the age of eight. After the first few lessons he wanted to quit; however, with the support of his parents, he realized playing was more than just another activity -- it became his destiny. In 1995, Arlington received a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. In 1997, he completed a Master of Music in Music Performance at Texas State University in San Marcos. He trained under the direction of Dr. James Polk, former musical director for the legendary Ray Charles. In 1998, he studied with Bernard Wright, acclaimed composer and keyboardist for various artists in the music industry, including Roberta Flack.
Some of his musical influences include Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, and Errol Garner. Since 2000, Arlington has been the keyboard player for jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale. He also tours with jazz artists Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright. Over the years, Arlington has distinguished himself as a successful independent artist and producer under his label, Zamaria Records. He formed The Arlington Jones Trio in 1998. He has released three recordings.
Between tour dates, Arlington serves as a music professor at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas.
He teaches music theory, jazz piano lessons, composition, MIDI classes, and directs the keyboard ensemble. His contributions have led to great awards and acknowledgements – Excellence In Teaching Award in 2001 from Cedar Valley College, Sammons Jazz Artist of The Year in 2002, and a Proclamation from State of Texas Senator Royce West in 2006.
Arlington is married to Hope Nicole, and they have one daughter, Christian and one son, Arlington III. He and his family live in Arlington, Texas.
Check out his website: http://www.arlingtonjones.com/