For the remarkable composer, trumpeter, educator, and activist Sean Jones , the pursuit of j azz is a most serious endeavor. Deeply influenced by his immersion in Gospel music in the church as a youth, Sean had an epiphany at the age of 19 while he was a student at Youngstown State University. The awakening was his first hearing of the magnificent John Coltrane’s masterpiece A Love Supreme . After r eceiving his Master’s Degree from Rutgers University, Sean performed a six - month stint with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Wynton Marsalis offered Sean a permanent position as lead trumpeter and J ones remained there until 2010, also participating in two recordings. During those years, Sean started touring and performing regularly with hi s own ensembles and began his longtime relationship with Mack Avenue Records, for whom he has just released his seventh recording. Education is also a major element in Sean’s ongoing activities. Shortly after joining the JAL CO , he began teaching at Duquesn e University in his adopted hometown of Pittsburgh, where he is currently Associate Professor of Jazz. In 2012 he also became Professor of Trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In addition, master classes and clinics are a regular part of his activ ities, providing more than a dozen annually around the world. He also serves as Artistic Director of both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras .