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For the remarkable composer/trumpeter/educator/activist Sean Jones, the pursuit of Jazz is a most serious endeavor. Not just in terms of mastering the art form, but in its fullest meaning and purpose socially, philosophically and spiritually. Deeply influenced by his immersion in Gospel music in the church as a youth, Sean had an epiphany at the age of 19 while he was a student at Youngstown State University. That awakening occurred - as it has for so many serious-minded individuals both inside and outside of music - with his first hearing of the magnificent John Coltrane’s masterpiece A Love Supreme.

“I was driving in my car at the time and I had to pull off the road. All at once, everything just came together for me. My past, my present, my future. I knew the course I needed to pursue.”

Always a devout and focused young man, Sean sang and performed as a child in the choir at St. James Church of God in Christ in his hometown of Warren, Ohio. Originally a drummer, he discovered Jazz and the trumpet at ten years old upon hearing Miles Davis – specifically Kind of Blue and Amandla.

“Miles is probably the single most powerful influence on me as an artist. His overall vision, the way he changed with the times, the purity of his sound.”

Committing himself seriously to the instrument, the gifted young musician was also fortunate to have studied privately with the eminent teacher and great trumpeter Esotto Pellegrini. Perfecting technique through his studies, Sean was also developing his ears in the longtime Jazz tradition of absorbing the artistry of the masters through listening.

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Primary Instrument

Trumpet

Location

Cleveland

Credentials/Background

Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies - Duquesne University - current Adjudacator - North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington Festival - 2006 Clinician - Carolina Jazz Festival - 2006 Clinician - Depaul University - 2006 Clinician - The Ohio Jazz Summit - 2004, 2006 Guest Speaker - Miller Elementary School - 2005 Clinician - Michigan State University Jazz Spectacular - 2005 Clinician and Performer - The Morehouse College Jazz Festival - 2005 Guest Speaker - Kinski Area High School Bands - 2005 Clinician - Yamaha Day of Trumpets - 2005 Guest Speaker - CAPA High School - 2005 Clinician and Performer - Dickinson College - 2003, 2005 Instructor (Trumpet) - Montclair Music Prep Division - 2003 Instructor (Trumpet and Pedagogy) - Jazz Connections - 2002 Adjunct Professor (Jazz Trumpet) - Youngstown State University - 2000-2001 Instructor - East Cleveland Public Schools - 2001

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Albums

Album The Intangible Between by Orrin Evans

The Intangible Between

Smoke Sessions Records
2020

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Album Live From Jazz at the Bistro by Sean Jones

Live From Jazz at the...

Mack Avenue Records
2017

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Album Im•pro•vise-Never Before Seen by Sean Jones

Im•pro•vise-Never...

Mack Avenue Records
2014

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Album No Need for Words by Sean Jones

No Need for Words

Mack Avenue Records
2011

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Album The Search Within by Sean Jones

The Search Within

Mack Avenue Records
2009

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Album Roots by Sean Jones

Roots

Mack Avenue Records
2006

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