E-T Staff Report

A New York musician will top off a day of jazz during Tarleton State Universityís Jazz Festival.

Trumpeter and composer Sean Jones will perform with Tarletonís Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

The festival begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with 15 high school and middle school jazz bands and ensembles in performance throughout the day. There will be an awards ceremony and clinic by Jones at 4:15 p.m. in the auditorium.

As a bandleader, Jones has released three albums under the Mack Avenue Records imprint. He performs internationally with his own groups in addition to being lead trumpeter for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York, which also features Wynton Marsalis.

Jones often plays at music venues and at well-known jazz festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Jonesí musical interest began when he was a child where he sang and performed with the church gospel choir. He started playing drums, but switched to the trumpet in the fifth grade. In high school, Jones decided to pursue a career as a professional musician. He has an undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University and a masterís degree from Rutgers University.

The performances by the high school and middle school bands are free and open to the public. The jazz ensemble performance featuring Jones is $5 admission.

For more information on Jones, log on to www.seanjonesmusic.com. For ticket information, contact the box office at 968-9634.