Darius Jones is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist and composer who joined the New York music community in 2005. Nominated in 2013 for Alto Saxophonist of the Year, and for Up & Coming Artist of the Year two years in a row for the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, Jones is a musician on the rise. He was signed to AUM Fidelity Records in February 2009 and already has a string of diverse recordings, including his 2009 debut as a leader, Man'ish Boy (A Raw and Beautiful Thing).
He has collaborated with artists including Gerald Cleaver's Black Host, Oliver Lake, William Parker's Essence of Ellington, Trevor Dunn's Proof Readers, Eric Revis Quartet, Nasheet Waits Equality Band, Tarbaby, Branford Marsalis, Andrew Cyrille, Jason Moran, Matthew Shipp and many more.
Jones was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship by Roulette in 2008, which he used to launch his chamber ensemble, the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, a project dedicated to new works for voice. Roulette continued their support for Jones' work through a Jerome Foundation Commission, and he was a Jerome Artist-in-Residence when the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit premiered his vocal composition, The Oversoul Manual, in the Spring of 2014. Jones made his compositional debut at Carnegie Hall with The Oversoul Manual in October of 2014. Later that same month, the official recording of The Oversoul Manual was released by AUM Fidelity.
In 2013 Jones was awarded the French-American Jazz Exchange grant for a collaboration with French vocalist Emilie Lesbros. Jones was one of Jazz Times' Debut Artists of the Year for 2009 and his 2012 release, Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise), was listed among NPR's Best Top 10 Jazz Albums of that year. "Jones speaks through his alto in an original and unforced language," writes DownBeat's Joe Tangari. Critics have called him "robustly creative" (Nate Chinen, New York Times) and "one of NYC's most incisive and passionate saxists" (Time Out New York). AllAboutJazz.com reviewer Troy Collins writes, "Jones has set the stage for a winning series of albums designed to document his rise as one of the most impressive and unique voices of our time."