Roger L. Jones II is a native of Flint who has worked professionally with various artists in the USA, Japan, Europe, and Turkey since 1989. Roger discovered his musical abilities as a child at church while listening to organist Henry Moore. The church, Greater Holy Temple COGIC, was a musical proving ground for young musicians, and Roger’s gospel background provided a springboard to his passion for playing jazz. After graduating from high school, Roger attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, where his musicianship and reputation grew exponentially. Roger has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Joe Henderson, Wallace Roney, and JJ Johnson, among others, and in 2004 released his first CD, “Out of the Wilderness.”
Roger has developed into a cutting-edge band leader. His band, “Roger Jones & Higher Calling” is comprised of phenomenal musicians dedicated to inventing fresh and innovative ways to approach the execution of music. Mixed with a soulful and modern approach, the music of this band is innovative, relevant to the current generation, and swings ridiculously hard. There is no doubt that Roger L. Jones II will be heralded as one of the most explosive and innovative pianists of his generation.