It’s not surprising that Wynton Marsalis recently chose Sean Jones as lead trumpet for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Jones is a consummate musician with a rich tone and brilliant articulation. But it’s also hard to imagine there being a Sean Jones-a twentysomething jazz trumpeter with impressive credentials and artistry-today without the influence of Marsalis. In his deep respect for jazz traditions, his conceptual sense and in his embrace of trumpet traditions that reach back beyond bebop, Jones is firmly a member of the Marsalis generation.
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