Sean Dobbins got his start at a young age when he would regularly perform with Blue Note recording artist Louis Smith. As Sean's career progressed he found himself the recipient of many awards and accolades including the Woody Herman Jazz Award and the Louis Armstrong Scholarship, each of them celebrating outstanding musicianship. Due to his talent both as a performer and an educator Sean has been the focus of countless news articles and media programs. In addition, the 2015 Michigan Jazz Festival was dedicated to him for his outstanding musicianship, leadership and mentorship in the Metro Detroit jazz community.
Though still young by jazz standards, Dobbins has amassed an impressivelist of playing companions. He has performed/toured/ recorded with Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Frank Morgan, JoeyDeFrancesco, George Cables, Barbara Morrison, Tamir Hendilman, James"Blood" Ulmer, Marcus Belgrave, Larry Willis, Rodney Whitaker, ClaudeBlack, Johnny O’Neal, Sheila Jordan, Jon Hendricks, David "Fathead"Newman, Johnny Basset, Donald Walden, Cyrus Chestnut, Barry Harris,David Baker, Randy Johnston, Ralphe Armstrong, Mose Allison and a host of other great musicians.
Sean's sound can best be described as hard-driving solid rhythm withrefreshing melodic sensibility. Some of his influences include Art Blakey, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Ed Thigpen, Sonny Payne as well as Detroit area greats Louis Hayes and the one and only Elvin Jones. Sean has performed on countless recordings as a sideman and has releasedmultiple albums as a leader and co-leader. As an educator Dobbins hasmost recently served as Director of Jazz Studies at Oakland University andJazz Program Director at Community Music-School Detroit. In addition hehas also served on the faculty at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Sean is currently an Associate Professor at Indiana University and endorses Yamaha, Vic Firth and Zildjian products.
Sean Dobbins - drums
Peyton Miller - vibraphone
Diego Rivera - tenor and soprano saxophone
Gerrard Gibbs - organ