Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator and activist Sean Jones. Sean is a musical chameleon and is comfortable in any musical setting no matter what the role or the genre. He is equally adept in being a member of an ensemble as he is at being a bandleader. Sean turned a 6-month stint with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra into an offer from Wynton Marsalis for a permanent position as lead trumpeter, a post he held from 2004 until 2010. In 2015 Jones was tapped to become a member of the SFJAZZ Collective. During this time, Sean has managed to keep a core group of talented musicians together under his leadership forming the foundation for his groups that have produced and released eight recordings on the Mack Avenue Records, the latest is his 2017 release Sean Jones: Live from the Jazz Bistro.
Sean has been prominently featured with a number of artists, recording and/or performing with many major figures in jazz, including Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson and Marcus Miller. Sean was selected by Miller, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter for their Tribute to Miles tour in 2011.
Under the direction of the trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse and pianist, composer and recording artist Bob Murad, The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra provides an educational environment and opportunity for young musicians to experience and perform jazz music. With more than 25 High School and Middle School musicians, the Orchestra presents jazz standards from their wide repertory, including such greats from the Jazz and Blues canon as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Etta James, Herbie Hancock and many others.
The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra will perform the first set with Mr. Jones starting at 7 pm. After a brief intermission, Mr. Jones will perform a club set with The Sean Jones Trio.