Sean Jones Group To Play The Jazz Standard In New York
On Tuesday, August 11th and Wednesday, August 12th the Sean Jones Group will celebrate the release of Jones’ fifth album, The Search Within, at the Jazz Standard in New York. The quintet features Sean Jones on trumpet, Brian Hogans on saxophone, Orrin Evans on piano, Luques Curtis on bass, and John Davis on drums.
Tickets are $20, and sets are at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm each night.
The music captured on Sean Jones’ The Search Within represents “an assessment of where I am in the present as well as how I’ve learned from my mistakes and triumphs as a way of looking into the future. It’s a spiritual and sonic journey for me.” This reflective attitude only deepens the trumpeter’s expressive range, from straight-up swing to down-home groove to lyrical balladry. The Search Within features members of the working band that will join Sean for this Jazz Standard gig, plus special guests Gregoire Maret (harmonica), Erika Von Kleist (flute), Kahlil Bell (percussion) and Carolyn Perteete (vocals).
About The Artist:
Among Sean Jones‘ first musical experiences were the gospel music he heard while attending Saint James’ Church of God in Christ in Warren, Ohio, where he sang and performed with the choir. As a beginning musician, Jones started on the drums and switched to trumpet in the fifth grade after his grandmother told him about his grandfather playing that instrument during World War II. Jones developed an interest in jazz music around the same time, after receiving two Miles Davis albums from his band instructor, namely Kind of Blue and Tutu.
By the time he entered Warren G. Harding High School, Jones had decided to pursue a career as a professional musician, and studied classical trumpet as well as jazz. In 2000, Jones obtained an undergraduate degree in classical trumpet performance from Youngstown State University and later a master’s degree from Rutgers University, where he studied under Professor William Fielder, who had also taught Wynton Marsalis, among others. As a session musician, Jones has performed with several notable ensembles and musicians, including Tia Fuller, Gerald Wilson, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath and Frank Foster.
In 2004, Jones had a six-month stint with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, after which Marsalis offered him a position with the ensemble as lead trumpeter. Around the same time, he became a music professor at Duquesne University. He currently lives in the Pittsburgh area. Jones has recently been selected as the Interim Artistic Director for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.