Sean Mason and his Jazz Quintet
June 10 @ 7:00 pm
Nationally acclaimed pianist/composer Sean Mason will come to PS21 with his quintet — Felix Moseholm, Domo Branch, Tony Glausi and Abdias Armenteros — in a performance of his original music, selected from three works: “The Southern Suite,” “The Migration Suite” and his most recent, “The Recovery Suite.”
Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Sean has lived in New York City since 2017, where he is a Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, leading his own ensemble and a much sought-after sideman. He has appeared in Ellington Through the Ages with Wynton Marsalis and in Danny Barker: A New Orleans Life in Jazz alongside a who’s who of New Orleans’ musical elite.
About Sean Mason
As a thirteen-year-old musical prodigy in Charlotte, Sean Mason taught himself to play piano by ear. At that time, his roots were in gospel, hip-hop, and R&B, but he changed direction when he discovered jazz. After several years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Juilliard School, Sean established himself in the New York City jazz scene, performing and touring with Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and Herlin Riley, among many other jazz legends, while also collaborating with R&B and soul artists such as Masego, Roy Blair, and Kenneth Whalum.
Known for his fluent mastery of multiple musical styles, spanning genres and generations, his most intimate expressions are his own music, which he performs with his ensembles the Sean Mason Trio and Quintet. Sean has also worked in film and theater, as the pianist for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) and “Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre” (The History Channel), in “Hadestown” and “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway, and as composer, orchestrator, and music director for numerous off-Broadway spaces.
The quintet will lead workshops for local student jazz ensembles, offering feedback and insight, and showcasing helpful techniques in improvisation, soloing, ensemble playing, and more. Send PS21 a request to us to sign up and learn more. Like many Pathways programs, the quintet’s performance at PS21 is free for students and youth.
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