Join us as the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) and New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) co-host an Artist Stories Series, a series of weekly one-hour virtual conversations exploring the importance of equity, inclusion, and representation in the classical music, jazz, and Broadway world. Featured guest speakers include Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Jeff Scott, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Sean C. Jones, and Weston Sprott.
Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator and activist Sean Jones. Singing and performing as a child with the church choir in his hometown of Warren, Ohio, Jones switched from the drums to the trumpet at the age of 10. Jones is a musical chameleon and comfortable in any musical setting, no matter what the role or the genre. He is equally adept as a member of an ensemble as he is at being a bandleader. Jones turned a 6-month engagement with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra into an offer from Wynton Marsalis for a permanent position as lead trumpeter, a post he held from 2004-2010. In 2015, Jones was tapped to become a member of the SFJAZZ Collective where he was a member until 2018. During this time, Jones managed to keep a core group of talented musicians together under his leadership forming the foundation for his groups that have produced and released eight recordings on the Mack Avenue Records, the latest being the 2017 release Sean Jones: Live from the Jazz Bistro. He was selected by Miller, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter for their Tribute to Miles Tour in 2011. He has also performed with the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras as well as Soulful Symphony in Baltimore and at the Salt Bay Chamber Festival. Jones is an internationally recognized educator and was recently named the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair of Jazz at John Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute in Baltimore.