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Sean Jones: A Challenging Life

The trumpeter, who recently took the helm of the Peabody Institute’s jazz department, melds education with a career as a performing artist

Sean Jones
Sean Jones (photo: Monte Nickels)

Sean Jones is a man in motion. At 6 p.m. on a Wednesday evening in early summer, the trumpeter is sitting in a dressing room in the recently opened Keystone Korner in Baltimore, working on charts for that night’s performance by the Baltimore Jazz Collective. He’s just spoken to a group of area teachers about an initiative to bring jazz into classrooms. Before that, he spent the day working at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he now serves as a professor and chair of the jazz studies department.

He’s also preparing for shows that will present the electric music of Miles Davis in Pittsburgh and at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Add to all that leadership of his own quintet, which actively performs and records. Oh, and he’s on the board of the Jazz Education Network, for which he’ll serve as president next year. It takes a lot of scrolling to get through the to-do list on his phone.

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