Sean Jones | Dizzy Spellz

March 18-22


Exclusively Sponsored by Jim & Lynne Clanahan

SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW ON SALE: single tickets go on sale August 7th.

Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter,

bandleader, composer, educator and activist Sean Jones. Singing and performing as a child with

the church choir in his hometown of Warren, Ohio, Sean switched from the drums to the

trumpet at the age of 10.

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.

He has also performed with the Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras as

well as Soulful Symphony in Baltimore and in a chamber group at the Salt Bay Chamber Festival.

Sean is also an internationally recognized educator. He was recently named the Richard and

Elizabeth Case Chair of Jazz at John Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Before

coming to Peabody, Sean served as the Chair of the Brass Department at the Berklee College of

Music in Boston.

"Trumpeter Sean Jones Aims for ‘Raw’ Sound with Live Album"

"..a firebrand with blistering power on burners, yet with a tender warm, open tone on ballads"

Upcoming Shows

JUN. 20
Route 66 Jazz Orchestra
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The Route 66 Jazz Orchestra is a 20-piece group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of “Big Band” jazz through performance, education, and community involvement. Founded in 1969 by Dr. Ron Stillwell as the Meramec Jazz Lab Band, Route 66 Jazz continues to act as jazz ambassadors for the community.


JUN. 21-22
Roosevelt Collier

JUN. 28-29
Denise Thimes
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In a career that spans over three decades, Denise Thimes has truly been one of the most cherished voices of modern jazz, and for two-nights she’ll fill the Bistro with the sounds of one our region’s best voices.


JUN. 15, 19, 21, 23, 27 & 29
FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES: co-commissioned w. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s 2019 world premiere Fire Shut Up in My Bones, was co-commissioned by Jazz St. Louis.

One moment can change everything. When Charles discovers that his cousin has returned to his Louisiana hometown, he races home from college to confront his past. Memories and shadows surround Charles as he strives to move beyond a cycle of violence and forge a brave new path. Terence Blanchard, composer of OTSL’s sold-out hit Champion, teams up with screenwriter Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) for a haunting, powerful, and tender coming-of-age story inspired by a memoir celebrated as “stunning” (Essence), “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), and “exquisite” (The New York Times).

Run time is 2 hours and 25 minutes with one intermission
All run times are approximate and subject to change.




Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to lead our community in advancing the uniquely American art of jazz through live performance, education and community engagement.


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