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At 4:02pm on October 14, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
! Peace & Joy,
Luiz

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At 3:26pm on March 3, 2009, Greg said…
really great stuff last night at Ava... thanks a lot for coming out - it's always an honor to see you play.

- greg runco
At 9:52pm on February 28, 2009, Louis Moore said…
Hello, Sean. I'm familiar with some of your work, although I've probably read more in Down Beat magazine about you that actually heard your recordings. I know that your a tough trumpet player. Dr. Nelson Harrison recommended I contact you, and I thought that was a good idea!
At 6:20pm on January 1, 2009, Jagsu said…
Mr. Jones,
Your tribute (Little Sunflower) to Freddie Hubbard at First Night was really beautiful, as was the rest of the set. Glad I was there to witness.
Jagsu
At 4:26pm on October 14, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Sean,

It was really great hangin' with you at AVA Lounge last night.

As always, your playing was outstanding.

I learn so much from you on the bandstand.

I can't wait to get together with you to talk about music projects.

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 9:45pm on September 18, 2008, Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas said…
I was enthralled by the brilliance of your composition "Oliver, Master Builder," and the rendition you and Mission Statement premiered at the MCAI anniversary tribute to Oliver Byrd and Thad Mosley. It is still resonating in my mind's ear a month later. I was reminded of playwright Henrik Ibsen's drama, "The Masterbuilder." The protagonist aspired to "build a castle in the air with a firm foundation." Your piece achieved that in spectacular musical terms. Even your body language propelled the idea. I can still see you, feet firmly planted, knees slightly bent, while the surge of the music thrust your torso and the bell of your horn upward as you took the melody into a stratospheric range. Talk about being "blown away!"
I was talking to a friend who is excited about your having agreed to play for the CUBM fundraiser next Feb., and I told her about "The Master Builder." She and her husband are on the board, and I promised I would let you know that they hope you will include it on your play list for that event. It is a blessing to have you in our midst.
At 5:01pm on September 18, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hey Sean,
Just sending greetings to you...
Be blessed
Luiz Santos
At 2:09am on September 11, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Sean,
Thanks for that idea about the grants... Yes, I'd like to meet with you and talk about how we could use grants to colloborate with you and Jazz Workshop, Inc.

You can call me or send a reply.

Also, I really dig playin'on the bandstand with you... I really learn a lot from you bein' on the bandstand.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Musically,
Ed Skirtich
Artististic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
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At 9:15pm on September 10, 2008, Carlos Jimenez said…
Hello Sean,

Great playing at Birdland with the Arturo on Sunday years ago.. That's where I met you at. Nice to have you here as a friend & keep playing with power... CJ
At 12:06am on September 4, 2008, Jack Bishop said…
Hey Sean,

How is it going? Hope all is well. Two weeks back I spent some time with Gerald Wilson for his 90th birthday. He is still kicking it
big time! You should hear the beautiful recording we made that evening at the Byham.
All my best to you,
Jack
At 4:49am on August 12, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hey Sean! I enjoyed playing with you last week, and hopefully we'll do something together again soon! Good luck with your gigs for the rest of the Summer, and the rest of the year. You're definitely one of my favorite trumpet players. I started on brass instruments myself, even before guitar.
At 1:36am on August 12, 2008, Jibril Abdul-hafeez said…
Greetings Mr. Jones,

I am enthralled by your genious and talent as an artist. As long as you continue doing what you are doing, your horizons are as expansive as the earth and the skies.

Best regards,
Jibril
At 10:24pm on August 11, 2008, Donna Bailey said…
Hi Sean,
It's good to hear from you. I look forward to hearing you play again soon. Let's keep in touch, my friend!
Donna
At 10:14pm on August 11, 2008, Sydney Ellis said…
Hello Sean,

Thanks for the invitation. I live in Europe but still like to be connected with the musicians in the US. By the way, I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sydney
At 9:13pm on August 11, 2008, Derrick Finch said…
Sean,

I am making things happen here. You sounded great at the 'Bowl. Hit me when you come out to L.A. again. Thanks for binging part of my home town jazz scene. Let talk when you get a chance.

Musically,

Derrick
At 6:45am on August 5, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Sean,

Thanks again for hanging out and inspiring the jazz community's appetite for good, live music. It is always an honor to share the stage with you and a delight to hear you on any occasion.

Much love,

Nelson
At 11:24pm on July 31, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
Thanks bro (: likewise.....Hope all is well with you in the Burgh...I'll see you soon.
At 3:34pm on July 31, 2008, George Heid said…
Thank you Sean Jones, for being you ... sir. And I hope there will be many soulful outings where I may hear you, good man.
At 7:07am on July 31, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Dear Sean,
It's great see you here my friend!
Wish you all the best.
Much love and success!
Kisses,
May
At 2:41am on July 31, 2008, Kemba Cofield said…
You rock buddy!! Can't wait to see you again! K

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