Sean Jones


Internationally Acclaimed Trumpeter Sean Jones to Chair Peabody Jazz Department


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Internationally Acclaimed Trumpeter Sean Jones

to Chair Peabody Jazz Department


The Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz to Bolster

The Conservatory’s Breakthrough Curriculum in Music Leadership


January 9, 2018, Baltimore, MD: Sean Jones, an internationally acclaimed trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and educator, has been appointed the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Jones will officially assume his duties as chair with the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, and will make several introductory visits to Peabody during the Spring 2018 semester to hear auditions, conduct master classes, and work with student jazz ensembles. His appointment is the result of a months-long search which produced an outstanding field of diverse and competitive candidates from throughout the world.


Jones comes to Peabody from the Berklee College of Music, where he has served as chair of the Brass Department since 2014. He is artistic director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco Performances, and a member of the SFJAZZ Collective. In addition, Jones 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.


“Jazz is a deep and important aspect of the Baltimore story, and an essential contemporary American art form,” said Fred Bronstein, dean of the Peabody Institute. “Peabody’s strong commitment to jazz and its critical points of intersection with many different aspects of musical creation and performance, along with our focus on citizen artistry, make this an ideal time and place to mark a new chapter for jazz at Peabody and in Baltimore. Sean Jones – an inspiring artist, engaging leader, and dedicated teacher – is the perfect choice to lead this effort for our jazz students and all our Conservatory musicians, as well as in the broader community. We are thrilled to welcome him to Peabody and eagerly anticipate his leadership.”


Jones joins a diverse roster of artist-faculty colleagues charged with implementation of the Conservatory’s new Breakthrough Curriculum in Music Leadership, a model at the forefront of arts training in the United States. The Breakthrough Curriculum is designed to help students develop skills in performance, career development, and citizen artistry to meet the demands of today’s ever-changing musical landscape. This includes a reimagined instrumental ensembles program in which students move through a rotation of varied ensemble experiences to ensure musical flexibility and training across a range of performing contexts, musical styles, and ensemble configurations.


“Peabody is at a crucial point in its history as a beacon of music education and curator of American Music,” noted Jones about his appointment. “It has the unique opportunity to support the codification and curation of America’s indigenous art form not just in word, but in deed! Although I will miss my wonderful colleagues at the Berklee College of Music, I am thrilled to be afforded the opportunity to help lead this storied institution into the future of American music education.”


A highly respected and in-demand musician, Jones has performed and/or recorded with major figures including: Joe Lovano, Chico O’Farrill, Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, and Gerald Wilson, and with Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter in the 2011 Tribute to Miles Tour. He holds a master’s degree from Rutgers University and was lead trumpeter with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, where he worked closely with Wynton Marsalis, until 2010. He has recently released his eighth recording, Live from Jazz at the Bistro, on Mack Avenue Records. In addition to Berklee, Jones has taught at Duquesne University and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, while regularly offering master classes and clinics around the world. For more information, visit


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About the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 as the first major intellectual and arts center in an American city by philanthropist George Peabody. Now celebrating 40 years as a division of Johns Hopkins University, the Peabody Institute trains musicians and dancers of every age, stages nearly 1,000 concerts and events each year, and extends music and musical training throughout the community. Building on its rich history of professional music training at the highest level and focused on the four pillars of excellence, interdisciplinary experiences, innovation, and community connectivity, Peabody is introducing the Breakthrough Curriculum in Music Leadership to prepare artists for a world that is constantly changing yet still deeply in need of what music brings to the human experience.

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"...a firebrand with blistering power on burners, yet with a tender warm, open tone on ballads." - Audiophile Audition

Sean Jones – Live From Jazz at The Bistro – Mack Avenue Records

Sean Jones heats up The Jazz Bistro…

(Sean Jones – trumpet and flugelhorn; Orrin Evans – piano; Luques Curtis – bass; Obed Calvaire – drums (#2, 3, 6); Mark Whitfield, Jr. – drums (#1, 4, 5, 7); Brian Hogans – alto and soprano sax (#2, 3, 4, 6)

Several years ago at the Detroit Jazz Festival, I first experienced trumpeter, Sean Jones. I left the Festival convinced that he was heading for big things as a solo artist. Both as a leader, and as a sideman on several stages at the Festival, and at jam sessions late at night, Sean simply lit up the stage in Detroit. He was a firebrand with blistering power on burners, yet with a tender warm, open tone on ballads. His presence was strongly felt.

Jones has now released his eighth album for the Detroit label, Mack Avenue. Sean brings his energy to a live audience at St. Louis’ jazz club, The Bistro. Backed by his long tenured quintet, Jones was ripe and ready to unleash largely new material on an eager audience.

Opening with “Art’s Variable” Jones’ tone is magisterial, commanding and soaring above the rhythm section. Orrin Evans is a great partner on piano as he is highly percussive in his attack, insistent, yet can be spare on his use of space, knowing that less can be sometimes more. Like Jones, his playing demands attention. Sean steps up to take command at the seven and a half minute mark, and ratchets up the energy to heat up the room.

On “Lost and Found” alto saxist, Brian Hogans, blends nicely with Jones. This mid range burner hits the sweet spot. “The Ungentrified Blues” goes from gritty to downright incendiary, taking its time to whip up the audience into a frenzy with held notes and escalating tension.

“BJ’s Tune” was written for Jones’ nephew, the son of Sean’s brother, a minister. It blends gospel and jazz with R & B influences. It begins tenderly but progresses to a soaring conclusion bringing in “Amazing Grace.” From the reaction of the enthusiastic attendees at The Bistro, it is easy to see that Sean has an even brighter future in the top rank of trumpeters on the scene. This live session is a great place to hear his trumpet prowess.

Art’s Variable
Lost Then Found
Piscean Dichotomy
Doc’s Holiday
The Ungentrified Blues
BJ’s Tune