Jazz & Creative Institute

Percussion Faculty

Percussion Faculty


Learn from percussion master, Kevin “Bujo” Jones. Hand drums of all kinds and other music-making instruments will be taught.

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Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones is a percussionist, band leader, producer, educator. A native of Englewood, New Jersey, Kevin grew up in a household immersed in jazz, soul, gospel and blues along with the pop and R&B legends of the times. The arts of all types were nurtured in the Jones household and piano lessons were a requirement, not an elective. Jones traces his percussion expertise to the age-old ‘academy of the streets.’ Over the years Kevin has evolved an increasingly comprehensive approach to percussion, commanding respect from artists such as the Isley Brothers, Whitney Houston, Winard Harper, and Reggie Workman. At age 10 began Kevin showing interest in playing hand drums and at 18, Kevin recorded with alto saxophonist Charles McPherson. Kevin has performed and recorded with Archie Shepp, toured with The Isley Brothers for 13 years and 9 recordings, toured for 4 years with Whitney Houston. Kevin studied with Reggie Workman, Winard Harper, Randy Weston and Luisito Quintero. In 1999, Kevin started to focus on teaching as a passion by working with The Bronx Arts Ensemble, Arts Horizons and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Rhythm Road Jazz Ambassador's project. During his career he has had the opportunity to share the stage or recorded alongside of Hilton Ruiz, Walter Bishop Jr., Harold Vick, Grady Tate, Frank Wess, Tommy Turentine, Ernie Wilkins, Jamil Nasser, Ray Copeland, Joey DeFrancesco, Pat Martino, Jim Rotondi, Eric Alexander, Vince Ector, Papa John DeFrancesco, Melvin Sparks, Art Blakey Jr., John Benitez, Bebe and Cece Winans, Jermaine Jackson, Angela Winbush, Billy Hart, Frank Lacy, Luis Perdomo, Alex Blake, Randy Weston, Winard Harper, Phillip Harper, Jimmy Owens, Billy Harper, Reggie Workman, Steve Turre, Michael Dease and Bob DeVos. Since 1999, Kevin has recorded multiple albums and toured internationally with his own band Tenth World, which was signed to a contract with Motema Music. They produced another Live CD simply called “Tenth World - Live”. Kevin continues to teach children in underserved communities; a passion in which he relentlessly pursues.

An EPK for world renowned and legendary percussionist Kevin Bujo Jones and his highly acclaimed group Tenth World.