Trumpeter Sean Jones

Trumpeter Sean Jones is a firebrand musician with a bent toward muscular post-bop. Born in Warren, Ohio, in 1978, Jones began playing trumpet in the fifth grade, and by high school had developed a strong interest in jazz, especially the music of legendary trumpeter Miles Davis. Gigs at local jazz clubs and performances with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra followed, and Jones ultimately enrolled in the music school at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree, Jones then earned a Master’s degree from Rutgers University. Since that time, Jones has performed with a variety of name musicians, including Joe Lovano, Frank Foster, and others. He is also a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and a professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He released his debut album, Eternal Journey, on Mack Avenue in 2004.Gemini and Roots followed in 2005 and 2006, respectively. In 2007, Jones featured various vocalists including Gretchen Parlato on Kaleidoscope. Two years later, he released his fifth Mack Avenue release, the ambitious The Search Within. In 2011, Jones returned with No Need for Words, an album loosely conceptualized around the idea of love and the various ways it can be expressed.*

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Bruce Chidester

Bruce was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He has performed with many well-known entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Anita Bryant, Carman Cavalara, Victor Borgie, the Four Freshman, Blackstone the Magician, Bobby Vinton and John Davidson.

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