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 .

Described by JazzTimes as “an extremely thoughtful and cerebral player,” Mark Turner has been quietly building a reputation as a musician’s musician. He attended Berklee College Of Music in the late ‘80s where he met musicians that would figure prominently in his later work, including Kurt Rosenwinkel and Joshua Redman. Turner has recorded five critically acclaimed albums as a leader and has also performed or recorded with artists such as Dave Holland, Brad Mehldau, Lee Konitz, Dave Douglas and Lee Konitz. His current project is the trio FLY with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. Their latest album, Sky And Country, appeared on ECM in 2009.

Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released seven recordings as a leader including Oye!!! Live In Puerto Rico (2013) and the Grammy Nominated Alma Adentro (2011). As a sideman he has worked with jazz luminaries such as The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, The Mingus Big Band, David Sánchez, Bobby Hutcherson, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner and Steve Coleman.

Zenón has been featured in articles on publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, as well as gracing the cover of Downbeat Magazine. He has also toped the Rising Star Alto Sax category of the Downbeat Critic's Poll on four different occasions. As a composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, The New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and many of his peers. Zenón has given hundreds of lectures and master classes at institutions all over the world, and is a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. In 2011 he founded Caravana Cultural, a program which presents free Jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico.

In April 2008 Zenón received a fellowship from the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Later that year he was one of 25 distinguished individuals chosen to receive the coveted MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant”.

For more info: miguelzenon.com

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Living Legend

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Paul Contos has been involved in jazz performance and education for over 40 years. His mentoring and teaching have touched hundreds of lives. Students he has tutored includes Donny McCaslin, Hafez Modirzadeh, Remy and Pascal LeBoeuf, David Valdez, Kyle Athayde, Chase Baird, Milton Fletcher, Tanya Darby, Eric Crystal, Pat Carroll, Alex Han, and a host of others. His work for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Education Program since the 1980s as Saxophone Clinician and Director of both The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Monterey County All-Stars is distinguished and thoroughly comprehensive.

Contos is a faculty member at University of California, Santa Cruz and California State University, Monterey Bay. He also conducts, performs, and judges at college and high school jazz festivals, and serves as Artist in Residence for many school jazz programs. Contos singularly developed the curriculum for the Music Recording/Technology Concentration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Contos has received performer grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He also serves as Artist In Residence for the California Arts Council, and is on the council's touring roster. In 2009, Contos was the featured saxophone soloist at Carnegie Hall as part of New York City’s Distinguished Concerts International, performing a jazz concerto by composer Jeff Beal.

Mr. Contos helped form the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, and has played and recorded with many of the Bay Area’s finest jazz artists, including Ray Drummond, Eddie Marshall, Kenneth Nash, Vince Lateano, Madeline Eastman, Mark Levine, Rebeca Mauleón, Bruce Forman, Tee Carson, Dave Eshelman, and Ray Brown. He has also shared the stage such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, the Heath Brothers, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Regina Carter, Gary Burton, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, John Faddis, David “Fathead” Newman, and many others.

Dann Zinn, SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo


As a world-class saxophonist/flutist, Dann Zinn is renowned for being a passionate soloist, composer, arranger, and educator. As a performer, Dann has worked with Peter Erskine, Taylor Eigsti, Joe Henderson, Jeff Tain Watts, Freddie Hubbard, Chuck Findley, Mary Wells, Martha and the Vandellas, and Barry Finnerty. He has produced four albums of his own: Ten Songs, Wish, Grace's Song, and Shangri La. Dann has toured the United States playing venues that include the Monterey Jazz Festival and Yoshi's.

Dann's resume as an educator includes Director of Jazz Studies at California State University East Bay, Director of Jazz Studies at Chabot College, faculty at the University of California at Berkeley, the California Jazz Conservatory, and the Brubeck Institute. Dann's private studio is home to multiple winners of full scholarships to the nation's top college jazz programs. His series of six technique books, Zinn and the Art of the Saxophone, is based on Dann's thirty years of teaching experience.

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"“The best overall live jazz set this writer has heard in the New Millennium.” " — All About Jazz
"For the first time, jazz in America will have a counterpart to the symphony hall, an edifice that proclaims the value of jazz to anyone who sees it on the street. " — The Chicago Tribune
"They blew the place apart. " — The New York Times
"Something of a latter-day Jazz Messengers. " — All About Jazz
"The SFJAZZ Center is ambitious in its vision to present the diverse spectrum of jazz at a first-rate facility. " — San Francisco Chronicle
"Everything in the building will be adjusted for SFJAZZ’s top priority: music. " — The New York Times, Bay Area Blog
"The SFJAZZ Center represents a major transformation for SFJAZZ. " — Srinija Srinivasan, Chair of the SFJAZZ Board of Trustees