Heath Jones serves as professor of music at Oklahoma Christian University where he teaches courses in jazz studies. Heath is from Garland Texas and graduated from the Dallas Arts Magnet high school. He performed in ensembles with trumpeter Roy Hargrove and the Texas All-State band. In 1988 their jazz combo was ranked the best high school jazz combo in the nation from the IAJE along with receiving several DeeBee awards from Down Beat magazine. After high school, Heath attended Oklahoma Christian University where he received the Distinguished Performer Award, Outstanding Music Major Award, Band President, and IAJE distinguished soloist award, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. During his bachelor degree, Heath studied saxophone and clarinet with Dr. Jack Sisson, improvisation with Lee Rucker, and played lead alto in the UCO jazz band 1. He then attended Baylor University where he studied saxophone with Michael Jacobson, jazz improvisation with Vern Sielert, was a Concerto winner, and an IAJE outstanding jazz soloist. Heath then began doctoral work at the University of North Texas where he studied with Jim Riggs saxophone, jazz improvisation with Mike Steinel and participated in the Jazz Lab Bands. After teaching public school in Mustang, Heath completed his doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma and currently does research in Jazz Education. Heath is a Cannonball Saxophone artist and can be heard on his albums “Lookin’ Back” and “Live and Learn.” Heath has served as President of the Oklahoma Jazz Educators and was named the 2008 & 2013 University Jazz Educator of the year. Heath’s latest album “Inner Urge” features Tony Monaco – Hammond organ, Grant Goldstein – Guitar, and Willie Peterson – drums. This group recently appeared at the Jazz Educators Network Convention in Atlanta Georgia. Heath has performed and given master classes in Europe, China, Thailand, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia.