Trumpeter, composer, educator, and recording artist Sean Jones makes his home in Pittsburgh where is he a professor of music at Duquesne University. He has released five CDs on the Mack Avenue Record label. His first CD Eternal Journey was released in 2004. Sean tours nationally and internationally with his own band. He performs at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Detroit International Jazz Festival, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Sean is also a lead trumpeter for Jazz at Lincoln Center along with Wynton Marsalis. As a session musician, Jones has performed with Tia Fuller, Gerald Wilson, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath and Frank Foster. He was featured on Nancy Wilson's 2007 Grammy Award-winning CD "Turned to Blue".
Sean was named as a "Rising Star" by Downbeat Magazine in 2006 and 2007. He won the JazzTimes Magazine Reader's Poll Best New Artist award in 2007.
"The young Sean Jones has the kind of iron-lipped chops other trumpeters can only dream of." - Paul Olsen Allaboutjazz.com
Born in Warren Ohio, Sean studied jazz and classical trumpet at Youngstown State University. He earned his graduate degree studying under Professor William Fielder, who also instructed Wynton Marsalis. While at Rutgers he began gigging and recording in New York Charles Fambrough and Joe Lovano. In 2005 Duquesne University hired Jones as an artist-in-residence and he joined the faculty as a professor in 2006.
"Pittsburgh is the heart and soul of Jazz in American...it's home to many of the greatest innovators in Jazz" - Sean Jones