Jae Sinnett to conduct Music Clinic at SC State, Feb. 7

Friday, February 2, 2007

ORANGEBURG, SC – Budding musicians and those seeking entry into the commercial music and radio industry have an opportunity to gain insight into the business at an upcoming SC State music clinic conducted by drummer, composer and radio personality Jae Sinnett.

SC State’s music industry and technology department will host a music industry and radio broadcast workshop, a performance by the Jae Sinnett Trio and a music clinic on the jazz rhythm section and its function.

The 2 p.m. workshop, 3 p.m. performance and 4 p.m. clinic will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, in the Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building. The events are free and the public is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Jonovan Cooper at (803) 536-8993 or jcoope20@scsu.edu.

As a recording artist, Jae Sinnett has eight recordings out as a leader; the first of which – Obsession – was released in 1986. Obsession was followed by Blue Jae (1992), House and Sinnett (1994), Listen (1997), The Better Half (1999) and Off the Myopic Avenue (2000). Released in 2003, Confluence is the first recording to feature the Jae Sinnett Trio. The trio’s most recent album, The Sinnett Hearings, was released in 2006, and became the first jazz CD to debut at number one on the national jazz radio charts in January 2006.

Sinnett’s first performance/instructional video – Musical Drumming Concepts – was released in 2001. Modern Drummer magazine rated it an “8” out of “10.” It showcases his compositions, philosophical teaching skills and drumming in various styles, meters and straight and swinging eighth note concepts. A very lyrical and intelligent composer, he’s written over 150 compositions. He’s also scored music for five documentaries – one of which (John Biggers: Stories of Illumination) was aired on PBS.

His other professional life puts him near the beginning of his 17th year as jazz producer/host for National Public Radio affiliate WHRV 89.5 FM in Norfolk, Va. Sinnett hosts an extremely popular jazz show called “Sinnett in Session,” and a new show – “The R&B Chronicles.”

In 1998, Sinnett was nominated for Gavin Jazz Programmer of the Year by his peers in the industry and is an extraordinary fundraiser. As a jazz educator, he taught jazz history, theory and percussion and directed the jazz big band and jazz combos at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk for eight years. Jae was also has returned as adjunct drumset and jazz ensemble instructor at Christopher Newport University. He attended Norfolk State and Old Dominion Universities as a music education major. His instruments of choice are Sonor Designer and Delite Series Drums and Sabian Cymbals. Jae is a Sonor drums and Sabian cymbals endorser.

Sinnett has performed with several artists over the years, including Branford and Ellis Marsalis, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Chuck Mangione, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Chico Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Carol Sloane, Jon Hendricks, Randy Brecker, James Moody, Kenny Drew Jr., Fred Hersch, Mulgrew Millew, James Williams, Jack Walwrath, Makoto Ozone, JoAnne Brackeen, Andrew White, Frank Morgan.

Sinnett’s current working trio consists of pianist Allen Farnham and bassist Terry Burrell. Allen Farnham is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. He’s performed with Mel Torme, Susannah McCorkle, John Fedchock and many more and is a gifted arranger and composer. His latest release is called Allen Farnham Meets the Rias Big Band. Terry Burrell spent a couple of years with Steve Coleman and the Five Elements and has also performed with Chuck Mangione, Hilton Ruiz and more. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. The trio first performed together in 1995 and has been together as a working group since.