Sean Jones Quartet

For the remarkable composer, trumpeter and educator Sean Jones, the pursuit of Jazz is a more serious effort. Not only in terms of mastering the art form, but in its fullest and social, philosophical and spiritual purpose sense. Deeply influenced by his experience in gospel music in church, young Sean had an epiphany at age 19, as a student at the State University of Youngstown. This awakening occurred - as with so many other serious musicians - with the first hearing of the masterpiece of the magnificent John Coltrane, "A Love Supreme".

Sean, as a child, was singing in the church choir of his hometown of Warren, Ohio. Originally drummer, discovered the Jazz and the trumpet at the age of ten, listening to Miles Davis - specifically "Kind of Blue" and "Amandla". "Miles is probably my biggest influence as an artist. His innovative vision, the way has evolved over time, and the purity of their sound."

Seriously committed to the instrument, the young and talented musician also had the good fortune of having private lessons with the teacher and eminent trumpeter Esotto Pellegrini. "Woody (Shaw) and Freddie (Hubbard) were first and second for me. And through them discovered Clifford Brown." Also cites Wynton Marsalis, whose personal and work ethic and ability to break down barriers had a profound effect on the emerging artist.

Five years later, as master from Rutgers University (where he studied with the renowned Professor William Fielder, who also taught Marsalis) Sean joined the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, where he remained until 2010, and participated in two albums.

Throughout his career, Sean Jones recorded and performed with Joe Lovano, Chico O'Farrill, Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson and Marcus Miller.

After leaving the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Sean decided it was time to make your own contribution to Jazz, and the trust and support of teachers cemented his determination.

Education is also an important element in Sean activities. Shortly after joining the LJCO he began teaching at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, where he is currently Associate Professor of Jazz. In 2012, he became professor of trumpet at Oberlin Conservatory. In addition, more than ten selectable master classes and annual workshop throughout the world.