Sean Jones

Trumpeter-Bandleader-Composer-Educator

Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter,

bandleader, composer, educator and activist Sean Jones. Singing and performing as a child with

the church choir in his hometown of Warren, Ohio, Sean switched from the drums to the

trumpet at the age of 10.

Sean is a musical chameleon and is comfortable in any musical setting no matter what the role

or the genre. He is equally adept in being a member of an ensemble as he is at being a

bandleader. Sean turned a 6-month stint with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra into an offer

from Wynton Marsalis for a permanent position as lead trumpeter, a post he held from 2004

until 2010. In 2015 Jones was tapped to become a member of the SFJAZZ Collective. During this

time, Sean has managed to keep a core group of talented musicians together under his

leadership forming the foundation for his groups that have produced and released eight

recordings on the Mack Avenue Records, the latest is his 2017 release Sean Jones: Live from the

Jazz Bistro.

Sean has been prominently featured with a number of artists, recording and/or performing

with many major figures in jazz, including Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy

Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson and Marcus Miller. Sean was selected by Miller, Herbie

Hancock and Wayne Shorter for their Tribute to Miles tour in 2011.

He has also performed with the Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras as

well as Soulful Symphony in Baltimore and in a chamber group at the Salt Bay Chamber Festival.

Sean is also an internationally recognized educator. He was recently named the Richard and

Elizabeth Case Chair of Jazz at John Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Before

coming to Peabody, Sean served as the Chair of the Brass Department at the Berklee College of

Music in Boston. 

Photographer: Jimmy Katz

Musician: Sean Jones