Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of 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 upon his first exposure to Miles Davis at the age of 10, and found further influence upon his discovery of the immortal visionary John Coltrane when he was a 19-year-old classical trumpet performance major at Youngstown State University.
A highly respected and in-demand musician, Jones was prominently featured with a number of artists, recording and/or performing with major figures including Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson and Marcus Miller. The relationship with Miller led to Jones being selected for the Tribute to Miles tour in 2011 with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
The trust and support of those giants led Jones to a decision to focus on performing with his own ensembles, and to begin his longtime relationship with Mack Avenue Records, for whom he has released eight albums. Heavily involved in education, Jones serves as the Berklee College of Music’s Chair of the Brass Department. Jones is current Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco Performances and is a member of The SFJAZZ Collective.