The artist, a Warren G. Harding graduate, will play Thursday at Packard Music Hall.
By PEGGY SINKOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- A decade ago, Sean Jones told his mother, Dorothy, that by the time he was 27 he wanted to be teaching at a university, have a record contract and be touring.
It seemed like a tall order for the city teen, who spent all his free hours practicing his trumpet, but Jones knew he would do it.
"There wasn't a question; it was something I was going to because I wanted to do it," Jones said earlier this week from his Pittsburgh home.
Jones, a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, Youngstown State University and Rutgers University, is now teaching music full-time at Duquesne University and recently released his second CD, "Gemini."
The jazz artist kicks off his tour Thursday at Packard Music Hall.
Falling in love
"It's great that I'll be starting the tour back in my home," Jones said. "My band instructor at Harding, Richard Rollo, taught me so much, so it seems right to be performing here."
In fifth grade, Jones picked up his first trumpet and fell in love. By the time he got to seventh grade he was shining in the middle school band.
"I got a wake-up call in seventh grade, though," Jones said. "I could hear the music and play, but I didn't know how to read it. Mr. Rollo said I would be last chair until I learned how to read music. So I learned."
Jones continued his studies and began writing music a few years later.
His CDs are filled with original compositions.
Jones' first CD introduced a "capable and dynamic trumpeter," and his second shows he is a "still-blossoming bright light," according to his press agent, Cary Goldberg, of Goldberg Media.
The concert begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15. Tickets will be sold at the door.