Keeping up with Sean Jones

Posted By on July 8, 2009

This isn’t exactly breaking news, but it’s exciting nevertheless: Sean Jones, a charismatic young trumpet virtuoso with fabulous leadership abilities, is the new artistic director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. He’s actually interim artistic director, because he’s testing the Cleveland waters to see whether becoming official artistic director of the CJO will fit in with his other plans.

In addition to his embryonic CJO career, he’s lead trumpet for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (word is he’ll quit that position, where he’s in the shadow of Wynton Marsalis), a professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and the star of a small jazz combo with which he’s recorded five albums for the Detroit-based Mack Avenue label.

His arrival on the local jazz scene late this summer will be dynamic, breathing fire into a field that’s shriveled in the past five years. I’m sure he’ll be featured in various publications, on TV and on radio, because he’s a complex, fascinating guy.

I interviewed him for the CJO web site. Visit it, scroll down to the bottom of the home page, and listen to our talk.


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