Atlanta Jazz Festival 2011 – Sean Jones

Trumpeter/Educator/Composer Sean Jones is one of those cats who doesn’t get the props that some others do, but he just keeps on doing things right.  Kind of like a Kenny Dorham for the 21st century, although Jones’ sound is most often compared to that of Miles Davis.  

Like the two aforementioned greats, Mr. Jones has chops for days and is held in high regard by his fellow musicians.  He was the lead trumpet in Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for over five years, until his 2010 departure. He has also recorded with the big band of the legendary Gerald Wilson; with trombone/shells wizard Steve Turre and with rising saxophone star Tia Fuller, among others. 

Oh yeah, he has also recorded six fine albums as a leader. The most recent, No Need for Words was just released on May 23rdNo Need for Words is an album of love songs composed by Jones, but not all are in the traditional “boy meets girl” ballad vein.  He covers all kinds of love and all of the complex emotions that go along with it. It is a complex and stunning album, full of powerful emotion and first-rate musicianship.  If you haven’t heard Mr. Jones before, this is a good place to start.

I’m sure we’ll hear songs from No Need for Words and much more, when Sean Jones plays at the 2011 Atlanta Jazz Festival, this Sunday, May 29; at 5 p.m.  I’ll be there – I hope you will too.

For further information about the 2011 Atlanta Jazz Festival, visit their website: http://atlantafestivals.com/

For further information about Sean Jones, visit his website: http://seanjonesmusic.com/

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2 Responses to “Atlanta Jazz Festival 2011 – Sean Jones”

  1. […] folks were an appetizer for the explosive main course that followed, in the person of trumpeter Sean Jones.  Mr. Jones was celebrating his birthday on Sunday and he was doing it in high style.  He kicked […]

  2. […] unhealthy obsession and yes, romance. His writing is very strong and his band is rock solid. On No Need for Words, Jones makes a statement that is personal, powerful and […]

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