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A comprehensive ‘Essentials’ course, from a modern jazz trumpet master.


Breathing, Articulation, Speed, Mute Playing, Blues, Ballads, Transcription, Solo Development and more – acclaimed jazz trumpeter Sean Jones covers it all in 21 fun and inspiring video lessons. Sean’s concept is for you to listen and imitate, and he gives you the tools and insider knowledge to jump right in and try out the rhythmic and improvisational concepts right from the start.



Sean’s easy-going style makes these lessons as fun to watch as they are instructive. You’ll start by learning the basic concepts of trumpet. Along the way, you’ll learn how to develop a comprehensive practice routine that pushes your playing to new heights. Sean reveals his unique exercises that cover scales, articulation, and a host of melodic and rhythmic concepts.


There’s plenty of charts and notation to help you along the way, as well as multiple viewing angles for you to just watch and imitate. If things are moving too fast, slow down a section with the speed control – the pitch always stays the same and you can digest at an easier pace if needed.


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  • The Breath (21:28)
  • The Tongue – Breath and Tongue Attack (23:31)
  • The Tongue – Slurs (12:55)
  • Finger Technique (13:20)
  • Daily Maintenance Routine (40:48)
  • The Musicianship Routine (7:00)
  • Mute Playing (19:06)
  • Ballads – Part 1 (25:56)
  • Ballads – Part 2 (26:43)
  • Transcription (27:29)
  • Big Band Playing – Lead (16:09)
  • Big Band Playing – Section (8:29)
  • Stylistic Diversity (13:23)
  • Traveling with a Trumpet (11:16)
  • Blues – Fundamentals (18:55)
  • Blues – Variations (16:53)
  • Equipment Preferences (15:57)
  • Playing Fast – “Giant Steps” (12:46)
  • Playing Fast – “Cherokee” (15:06)
  • Solo Development (13:52)
  • Trumpet Equipment and Maintenance (13:45)


sean-jones-smAfter receiving his Master’s Degree from Rutgers University, Sean had a 6-month stint with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. This marked the beginning of a relationship with Wynton Marsalis, whose personal work ethic and ability to break barriers had already made a significant impact on the emerging artist. Wynton offered Sean a permanent position as lead trumpeter and Jones remained there until 2010.

A highly respected and in-demand musician even while at Rutgers, Sean was prominently featured with a number of artists, recording and/or performing with many major figures, including Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson and Marcus Miller. The relationship with Miller led to another highly impacting experience when Sean was selected by Miller, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter for their Tribute to Miles tour in 2011.

The trust and support of those giants led Sean to a decision to focus on performing with his own ensembles. Already touring and performing regularly with his own groups while at Lincoln Center, Sean also began his longtime relationship with Mack Avenue Records, for whom he has just released his seventh recording: = never before seen. He’s currently performing with the quartet on his latest CD, who have been working together since 2007 – with pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Obed Calvaire. But Sean is also looking toward projects with new and larger ensembles, including orchestras. In addition, he’s planning on more forays into the world of Western classical music, while working on solidifying his pedagogy and increasing his lecturing and writing activities.

Heavily involved in education, Sean has recently joined the Berklee College of Music’s distinguished faculty as the Chair of the Brass Department. He has also taught at Duquesne University in his adopted hometown of Pittsburgh and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, while regularly offering master classes and clinics all around the world. In addition, Sean also serves as Artistic Director of both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras and is working toward organizing the various Jazz orchestras all over the country. Sean is current Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco Performances and is a member of The SF JAZZ Collective.


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