Rising Star | Sean Mason Quartet
Sean Mason, piano
Chris Lewis, saxophone – William Ledbetter, bass – Domo Branch, drums
Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Sean Mason began teaching himself piano at age 13. As a bandleader, he leads the Sean Mason Quartet and the Sean Mason Trio, each assembled to play his original music. During his time in North Carolina, Mr. Mason met jazz legend Branford Marsalis, who recommended he move to New York. Upon his arrival, Sean secured performances and residencies at some of New York’s most prestigious jazz clubs, all while attending The Juilliard School. He has played at Smoke Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Lincoln Center, the Rochester Jazz Festival, and the Montana Folk Festival.
Mr. Mason has been featured on National Public Radio’s Jazz Night In America on its “Youngbloods” series, and played on the soundtrack for the Netflix production Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre on The History Channel. His debut record of original compositions, The Southern Suite, was produced by Branford Marsalis and released this fall on on Blue Engine Records, the label of Jazz At Lincoln Center.
“Watch out for this kid…” — Branford Marsalis
This activity is supported in part by an award from the MICHIGAN ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS