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Sean Jones, Artistic Director

Sean JonesCleveland Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Sean Jones is a Warren, Ohio native who heard, sang, and played music in church from an early age. He started playing trumpet in the fifth grade, was turned on to jazz through Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and performed both gospel and classical music while in high school. Versed in numerous musical idioms, Sean received his bachelor of music degree from Youngtown State University and his master’s degree from Rutgers University. He spent most of the last decade as lead trumpeter of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in New York, returning to his northeast Ohio home in 2009 to succeed former teacher Jack Schantz as head of the CJO. Sean is a professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he also is artistic director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra.  He is also Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Oberlin College. He has worked with many jazz masters including Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Jon Faddis, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and the Illinois Jacquet Big Band. He has released six recordings for the Detroit label Mack Avenue Records: Eternal Journey, Gemini, Roots, Kaleidoscope, The Search Within, and the latest, No Need for Words. In summer 2011, Sean participated in a Miles Davis tribute tour also featuring Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock and Sean Rickman. Visit