10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sean Jones!

As a fun ‘thank you’ to all the Pittsburgh JazzLive International supporters this year, we’re wrapping up our ’10 Things’ Series with sensational trumpeter, Sean Jones!

Sean Jones jamming at JazzLive International!

1. I absolutely love tomato soup! I could eat it everyday for the rest of my life, especially the creamy kind!

2. I have a pretty soft heart. I like fluffy things, chubby dogs, tiny babies with smiles, bright mornings with birds chirping, etc. Things like that really tug at my heart strings.

3. I’ve been singing my entire life. People always try to get me to sing but I just say “I’ll leave singing to the real vocalists”, but I guess some people really dig it. Dunno, we’ll see one day.

4. I was a very shy kid. I didn’t come out of my shell until I began playing the trumpet. It was almost as if the trumpet showed me who I really was. It’s funny to think back on those times.

5. I love reading about spiritual consciousness beyond religion. I love to see the commonalities in religions and various spiritual thought vs what separates them.

6. I had a pet bunny rabbit named Herman that I walked around on a leash. Serious babe magnet.

7. Music is what I do, not who I am. Music is the vehicle that the creator gave me to do what I believe my biggest calling is, bringing people together.

8. I never really lived “In” Manhattan. I always lived around it.

9. I prefer the simple life. I prefer smaller towns vs big cities. I like knowing the people at the bar, at the local market, at the dry cleaners. I like close, real, personal relationships.

10. I’ll do almost anything to make people happy.

Festival season may be over, but the JazzLive team is hard at work throughout the year. Visit the JazzLive 365 page for the latest information on upcoming shows!

10 Things You Should Know About COL Jazz

Next up in our ’10 Things’ Series is Pittsburgh’s own Center of Life jazz band. Established in 2000 by Tim Smith (along with his two sons, Tim Jr. and Isaiah), COL has now expanded to include many students and the group has performed in several prestigious venues across the United States. Here are 10 other fun facts about the band:

COL Jazz Band at the Monterey Festival!

1. COL Jazz continues to be, in our opinion, the best youth Jazz group in the City of Pittsburgh!

2. COL Jazz is currently working on releasing their 3rd full length album!

3. Every student that comes through COL Jazz continues onto college.

4. In 2011 COL Jazz was the only PA group chosen to compete in the Monterey JazzNext Generation Festival in CA!

5. In 2009 COL Jazz was honored to participate in the Warhol Museum’s Warhol LIVE exhibit.

6. In 2006 COL Jazz had their first big show performing at Jazzin’ on Jefferson in Detroit MI.

7. Although the members change over the years, the mission of COL Jazz stays the same: give young aspiring musicians a chance to play and record professionally, while integrating contemporary and standard songs.

8. In the beginning, COL Jazz had 2 kids (under 12!) and 2 adult leaders.

9. COL Jazz started in the basement of Tim Smith’s (Executive Director) house.

10. Center of Life started as a community empowerment organization in 2001.

You can catch Center of Life on the Liberty Stage at 1:30 during Saturday’s JazzLive festival! Also be sure to visit their Youtube Channel.