Jazz guitarist Rodney Jones was born in New Haven, Conn. He started playing guitar at age 6. Highlights of his career include playing with Dizzy Gillespie (three years), Lena Horne (20 years as guitarist/musical director), and Ruth Brown (guitarist/musical director). His extensive TV work includes stints as staff guitarist with The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Cosby Show, Showtime at the Apollo, The Rhythm and Blues Foundation, and The Apprentice. As a leader, he has recorded CDs for Blue Note Records, Verve, HighNote and others. He has made recordings with Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, Carl Allen, Billy Joel, Dave Koz, Ray Charles, Maceo Parker, and James Brown. He has taught master classes at Eastman School, Berklee College, and others. He has toured internationally and given lectures worldwide on music as well as the Art of Spiritual Living at Eckankar seminars. He studied at City College of New York with pianist John Lewis, founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet. He also studied with guitar legend Bruce Johnson. He has been a faculty member since 2007.