The Pace Report: "The Words of a Wise Professor" The Sean Jones InterviewBy Brian Pace published 2 years ago
As of last week, Sean Jones has a lot to celebrate about. His latest disc “No Need For Words,” his sixth release for Mack Avenue Records, just came out a few days shy of his 33rd birthday. Two, Sean was just promoted as full-time Assistant Professor at Duqesne University in Pittsburgh, where he’s been teaching for the last four years. Never at a loss for words, his passion for the music has allowed him to teach the next generation of students and musicians about the rich legacy of jazz as well as gives them a platform to develop their chops so they can become successful both on and off the stage. Born on May 29th, 1978 in Warren, Ohio, the young Jones began his musical career like some musicians, in the black church. The church as always been a training ground for most musicians, but Sean began as a vocalist singing in the choir at his home church, Saint James’ Church of God in Christ. From vocals he began toying around with the drums but his music teacher in the 5th grade gave him two records that would change his life forever. Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue” and “Amandela” were the recordings that made Sean switch and immediately begin studying the trumpet seriously. Sean received his undergraduate degree at Youngstown State University where he studied classical trumpet and earned his master’s degree at Rutgers University. Throughout his career, he’s played with a plethora of artists ranging from vocalist Nancy Wilson to bandleaders Charles Famborough, Gerald Wilson, and Jimmy Heath. In addition to him being a leader, Sean’s also been gotten recognition for his talents as well as his hard work. He was nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association for Trumpeter of the Year and was Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Star in 2006 and 2007. Another milestone in Sean’s career was him playing with the famed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra headed by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. He not only played with some of the young and budding musicians of his generation, but he was blessed to travel all over the world and play the music of the great jazz tradition. Currently Sean is on tour with his band featuring Obed Calvaire(drums), Luques Curtis(bass), Brian Hogans(sax), and John Davis(piano). To find out upcoming dates or to order “No Room For Words,” visit him on the web at seanjonesmusic.com.