Howard Jones was born in 1948. After studying piano and French horn at the Birmingham School of Music, he went on to read music at Cambridge. He now plays double bass, piano and flugelhorn with various classical, contemporary and jazz ensembles. His commissions include: Echoes and Reflections for the oboist Angela Tennick and the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra; An Italian Overture for the Tonbridge Philharmonic Orchestra; Migration for the East London Late Starters' String Orchestra; Salt of the Earth for Cheshire Youth Brass Band; Thamesside Variations for the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra (a 25th anniversary commission); Shadwell Shanty for the East London Community Band. His brass quartet, Strada, was commissioned by Stephen Montague for members of the Steve Martland Band and performed at the 1998 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Biophony No.1 for ensemble was commissioned by CoMA in 2012 as part of the Open Score project call for pieces inspired by the theme of The Natural World.  Howard has been associated with Contemporary Music for All (CoMA) since 1993.

In 2008, his ensemble piece The Illusion of Progress, won the Making Music category of the British Composer awards. (Available on NMC DL228)