Sean Gibbs is a jazz trumpet player and composer/arranger hailing from Edinburgh. After growing up playing with ensembles such as The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, he enrolled on the jazz course at Birmingham Conservatoire. He graduated from the course with first class honours in 2015, winning the BMus Jazz prize. During his time at the conservatoire, he studied with renowned trumpet players Percy Pursglove and Richard Iles, alongside many guest artists, including Mark Turner, Kenny Garrett, Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and John Taylor.
Sean now resides in London, and is in demand as a performer across the UK and abroad. He leads his own quintet, featuring Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor saxophone), Rob Brockway (piano), Calum Gourlay (bass) and Jay Davis (drums). They released their debut album, When Can I See You Again?, with Ubuntu Music in August 2021. This has received wide critical acclaim, including a five star review in BBC Music Magazine. His previous band Fervour were awarded funding from Arts Council England to record and tour their album Taking Flight in 2018. Sean is also a member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (with which he has performed with guest soloists such as Kurt Elling, Joe Locke, Kenny Washington, Martin Taylor, Jazzmeia Horn, Bill Evans, Makoto Ozone and Mike Mainieri), rock induced brass band Young Pilgrims, the Calum Gourlay Big Band, the Mike Fletcher Jazz Orchestra, the Martin Kershaw Octet and Paul Towndrow’s Keywork Orchestra. As a freelance musician, Sean has performed with Jim Rattigan’s Pavillon, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band and Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra to name but a few.
Sean is also a prolific composer/arranger, having written many works for big band, including commissions for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra. His critically acclaimed big band album Burns, featuring original compositions inspired by the poetry of Robert Burns, was recorded by the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and released in 2015. Material from this album has since been recorded by the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, and performed as far afield as the USA, by the University of Miami’s Frost Studio Jazz Band.