Sean Jones Named Berklee’s Brass Dept. Chair
Posted 8/11/2014

Berklee College of Music has named trumpeter-composer Sean Jones its new Brass Department chair. Jones will succeed trombonist Tom Plsek, who served as chair for 25 years.

Jones was lead trumpeter for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for six years, until stepping down in 2010. The following year, he toured with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock’s Tribute To Miles. Among the other artists whom the trumpeter has collaborated with are Joe Lovano, Chico O’Farrill, Jimmy Heath, Nancy Wilson and Dianne Reeves.

On July 22, Jones released his seventh leader project, Never Before Seen (Mack Avenue Records). Jones called the album—which features pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Obed Calvaire—“a reintroduction of who I am.”

Jones’ teaching resume includes stints at Duquesne University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The Ohio-born trumpeter also serves as artistic director of both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras.

“Sean Jones brings an amazing portfolio to Berklee—performances at the highest level with the greatest musicians of his and prior generations, successful teaching experience, personal commitment and integrity as an artist, and a desire to help foster future great contemporary musicians,” said Berklee President Roger H. Brown. “We are very excited to welcome Sean to our musical family.”

Jones will look to build on the success of the department. “I don’t feel that my job is to rewrite what has been done, but to add a few new ideas that will stay true to the traditions of the Brass Department while making it the preeminent program for brass studies in the world,” said Jones.

Jones is scheduled to make upcoming appearances at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco (Aug. 21); the Detroit Jazz Festival (Sept. 1); and Chicago’s Jazz Showcase (Sept. 25–28).

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