Jones, Alton, American pianist and teacher; b. Fair-field, Nebr., Aug. 3, 1899; d. N.Y., Jan. 2, 1971. He studied at Drake Univ. (B.M., 1919) and at the Inst. of Musical Art in N.Y, where his teachers were Edwin Hughes and Richard Buhlig; he graduated in 1921. He made his concert debut in N.Y. in 1924, and then was a soloist with the N.Y. Phil. in 1949. He gave his last N.Y. recital in 1955. He taught at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. from 1921 until his death. His reputation as a pedagogue was high, and many American pianists were his pupils.
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