Anthony Jones is the sixth of seven children and a native of Portland, OR. Growing up, various forms of music surrounded Anthony as his parents, Ruby & Eldon Jones, Sr., taught him to appreciate creativity and encouraged him to explore his gifts and talents. This inspired Anthony to follow his own dreams and music career.
Anthony explored his passion for music formally at Thomas Jefferson High School of the Performing Arts in Portland, OR. At Jefferson High, Anthony studied drums and trumpet, won numerous awards for his abilities and he began playing his first paying gigs at the age of 14. He performed in various bands and was cast to play trumpet in the film Mr. Holland’s Opus.
After high school, he attended Portland State University where he studied music and architecture. Anthony received his B.A. in Architecture in 2001. While studying at PSU Anthony worked with jazz pianist Darrell Grant (Professor of Jazz Studies at PSU), who mentored and helped groom Anthony for a career as a professional musician.
Anthony has also branched out to explore other facets of the music industry including producing, instructing, and product design & development. His diverse career has opened doors to work with some of the music industry’s top professionals. He joined Pink Martini in 2011 as a full-time member, but in 2017 backed off touring life to spend more time on other projects and with his family in Portland, Oregon.
Anthony still joins the band on recordings and whenever close to home, and proudly plays Canopus Drums and uses Audix microphones.