About Sean Jones
The young jazz veteran trumpeter Sean Jones believes passionately in championing the creative arc of artists who are committed to their life journey. “I think the progression of the art form comes with people being allowed to be themselves in their rawest form with no compromise,” he has noted.
Singing and performing as a child with the church choir in his hometown of Warren, Ohio, Jones switched from the drums to the trumpet upon his first exposure to Miles Davis at the age of 10. Years later, he still cites Miles’ overall artistic vision and purity of sound as his greatest personal influence. He also credits the profound impact of hearing John Coltrane with cementing his course as a trumpeter, composer, educator, and activist.
After receiving his master’s degree from Rutgers University, Jones had a six-month stint with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. This marked the beginning of a relationship with Wynton Marsalis, whose personal work ethic and ability to break barriers had already made a significant impact on the emerging artist. Marsalis offered Jones a permanent position as lead trumpeter with the LCJO and Jones remained there until 2010.
A highly respected and in-demand musician, Jones has recorded and/or performed with many major figures including Joe Lovano, Chico O’Farrill, Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson, and Marcus Miller. The relationship with Miller led to another highly impacting experience when Jones was selected by Miller, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter for their Tribute to Miles tour in 2011.
Currently, Jones is artistic director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco Performances, and a member of The SF JAZZ Collective. In addition, he serves as a member of the Jazz Education Network’s Board of Directors and was recently appointed as artistic director of Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz, which makes its Carnegie Hall debut and inaugural European tour in the summer of 2018. He has recently released his eighth recording, Live from Jazz at the Bistro, on Mack Avenue Records.
Heavily involved in education, Jones taught at the Berklee College of Music as the chair of the Brass Department before joining the Peabody Conservatory as the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies in 2018. He has also taught at Duquesne University and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, while regularly offering master classes and clinics all around the world.
For more information or to hear more music, visit https://www.sean-jones.com/
Previous MAC Jazz Festival Guest Artists include:
2019 - Sean Jones, Trumpet
2018 - Melissa Aldana, Tenor Saxophone
2017 - The Jeff Hamilton Trio
2016 - Doc Severinsen, Trumpet
2015 - New York Voices, Vocal
2014 - Roger Ingram, Trumpet
2013 - Phil Woods, Alto Saxophone
2012 - Delfeayo Marsalis, Trombone
2011 - Jim Widner, Bass; Kim Park, Flute & Alto Sax; Mike Shannon, Tenor Sax; Brett Stamps, Trombone
2010 - Denis Diblasio, Sax
2009 - Joey DeFrancesco, Organ
2008 - Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet
2007 - Steve Wiest, Trombone
2006 - Jim Manley, Trumpet
2005 - Larry Coryell, Guitar; Reggie Thomas, Organ
2004 - Bobby Shew, Trumpet
2003 - 1987 - Marvin Stamm, Trumpet
2002 - Lou Marini, Tenor Saxophone
2001 - Byron Stripling, Trumpet
2000 - Conrad Herwig, Trombone
1999 - Jon Faddis, Trumpet
1998 - Pete Christlieb, Tenor Saxophone
1997 - Bill Watrous, Trombone
1996 - Louis Bellson, Drums
1995 - Clark Terry, Trumpet
1994 - Frank Mantooth, Piano
1993 - Steve Wiest, Trombone
1992 - Ed Soph, Drums
1991 - Jamey Aebersold, Alto Saxophone
1990 - Guido Basso, Trumpet
1989 - Marvin Stamm, Trumpet
1988 - Jerry Coker, Tenor Saxophone