Being True to Yourself

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photo: Raj Naik

photo: Raj Naik


This year’s Berklee High School Jazz Festival had the pleasure of hosting a clinic with trumpeter Sean Jones, who is also Chair of the Brass Department at Berklee. Aside from recording albums under his own name, he is known for playing with some of the finest living jazz musicians, including Marcus Miller, Nancy Wilson, Tia Fuller, the Mack Avenue SuperBand and the Revive Big Band. Marcus Miller also selected him for the Tribute to Miles tour in 2011 alongside Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Jones’ own quartet features Orrin Evans on piano, Luques Curtis on bass, and Obed Calvaire on drums.

Jones’ musical introduction began in the Saint James Church of God in Christ in Warren, Ohio, where he sang gospel hymns with the choir. When it came to instruments, Jones started on the drums, but when he reached the fifth grade, he was introduced to the trumpet. He found out that his grandfather played the instrument during World War II. His band instructor gave him two albums from which he drew huge influences: Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Tutu. Later in life he was introduced to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.

When he attended Warren G. Harding High School, he was on a mission – he had decided that he was going to achieve his goal of becoming a professional musician. Jazz was not the only style he studied. During his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, he took lessons from Professor William Fielder, who had taught Wynton Marsalis as well (speaking of Wynton, Jones played for about six months with the Lincoln Center Orchestra.)

Later he became involved with teaching, joining the faculty of Duquesne University in the Pittsburgh area. Today, Jones teaches a few students at Berklee College of Music.

He has been award nominated several times and was #1 in Jazzed magazine’s 2015 reader’s poll for trumpet.

Sean Jones on Trumpet 
Sean Jones on Jazz Education
Sean Jones with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra
Sean Jones – Gullyism
With Marcus Miller playing Tutu
With the Revive Big Band
Tribute to Miles
Teaching the UHS Jazz Ensemble
Trumpet/drum duo

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          February 10, 2018