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Join us as the New York Youth Symphony and New Jersey Youth Symphony  co-host an Artist Stories Series, weekly one-hour virtual conversations exploring the importance of equity, inclusion, and representation in the classical music, jazz and Broadway world.
Artist Stories Series
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.

Aug 5, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sean C. Jones
Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator and activist
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.
Julius Tolentino, Moderator
Director of Jazz Orchestra @New Jersey Youth Symphony
Saxophonist and educator, Julius Tolentino has been a staple of the New York jazz scene for over 20 years. Julius is currently serving on the board of the Jazz Education Network and has presented clinics at the JEN Conference as well as the New Jersey Music Educators Association Conference. He has conducted All-State and All-City Jazz Bands for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, MMEA and the New York State School Music Association, NYSMA. Julius Tolentino has been awarded Best of NJ, category Jazz Musician Inside Jersey/Star Ledger in 2010, the Illinois Jacquet Jazz Educator of the Year award courtesy of the Illinois Jacquet Foundation in 2013, and the NJ Jazz Education Achievement Award by NJAJE in 2018. He joined Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey, as jazz director in 2007, and currently conducts five nationally known student ensembles. He also holds positions at the New Jersey Youth Symphony as director of the NJYS Jazz Orchestra, and Jazz at Lincoln Center