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Ralph Miles Jones III
Composer, educator, and multi-diasporic aerophonist, Ralph Jones has been active as a performing artist in the African American Spontaneous Compositional Tradition for over 35 years. He holds a Master's degree in African American Studies (Ethnomusicology Emphasis) and a B.A. in Ethnomusicology, both from UCLA. He is currently Faculty-in-Residence in the African American Studies Department at Oberlin College. As an internationally recognized performing soloist, he has recorded and or performed throughout the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Europe, with Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Wadada Leo Smith, Charles Moore, Kenn Cox, The MC5, Adam Rudolph 's Moving Pictures, and Go Organic Orchestra to name a few. Ralph has been a featured soloist with the WDR Radio Orchestra of Cologne, and the Atlanta and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, in the world premiers of Dr. Lateef's critically acclaimed CD African-American Epic Suite for Quintet and Orchestra (1994). He is also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed world music ensemble, Eternal Wind. Ralph recently composed original music for the award winning documentary, Tell Me, Cuba (2006). His latest CD recording is called YeYi: A Wordless Psalm of Prototypical Vibrations (2010), with membranophonist Adam Rudolph.