Biography

Sean Gibbs is a prominent Scottish jazz trumpet player/composer, now based in London. His new big band album, Confluence, was released with Ubuntu Music on 25th November 2022. It features some of the UK’s leading jazz and session musicians, including the likes of Tom Walsh, James Copus, Helena Kay and James Gardiner-Bateman. Sean also leads a quintet, whose critically acclaimed debut album was released with Ubuntu in 2021 and awarded five stars in BBC Music Magazine.

Sean is a member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, with which he has performed with guest soloists such as Kurt Elling, Joe Locke, Kenny Washington and Jazzmeia Horn. This has included appearances at some of the world’s most prestigious venues – New York’s Lincoln Center, Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan and London’s Ronnie Scott’s.

Other groups Sean is a member of include the Calum Gourlay Big Band, Young Pilgrims, Martin Kershaw Octet, Paul Towndrow’s Keywork Orchestra and Mike Fletcher Jazz Orchestra. He has freelanced with a wide range of artists, including the likes of Georgia Cecile, Eliza Carthy, Hannah Williams and Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Sean also recently appeared on Daniel Casimir’s celebrated album Boxed In.

Sean is a prolific composer of big band music, including commissions for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra. His compositions have been performed as far afield as the USA, by the University of Miami’s Frost Studio Jazz Band.

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