Franklin Jones


Frank graduated from Central State University with a degree in K-12 Music Education and Jazz Studies; he was the recipient of the Lewis Armstrong Jazz Award. He began playing clarinet in elementary school, and was 8 years old when he started on sax. He was a music teacher in the Cleveland Municipal School District for 10 years, and also taught in the East Cleveland Public Schools. He has been a musician (sax) at New Life at Calvary Church, been the lead sax for local band Gabriel’s Horns, and over the years has accompanied renowned musicians such as Melba Moore, Nancy Wilson, Eddie Backus Sr., The Dells Singing Group and Dorothy Norwood. He is also a regular performer at the annual Iron Ward Fest in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, and actively rehearses and performs with several local jazz groups.

Education: B.S. Music Education K-12/Jazz Studies, Central State University