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As a recording artist, Jae Sinnett has 9 recordings out as a leader, the first of which was released in 1986 - called "Obsession." Featured on this project were: The former director of the Count Basie Orchestra - Frank Foster playing saxophone, John Hicks, piano, Wallace Roney, trumpet, Steve Wilson, saxophone and Clarence Seay, bass. The swinging sextet release "Blue Jae" followed in 1992. "House and Sinnett" came out in 1994 and featured Cyrus Chestnut and Steve Wilson. "Listen" was released in 1997 with Jesse Davis, alto, John D'earth, trumpet, Billy Pierce, tenor saxophone, Allen Farnham and Cyrus Chestnut, piano and went to the number one slot on the Gavin Jazz radio charts in July of that year. His fifth recording "The Better Half" was released in April 1999 featuring the sensational saxophonist Chris Potter and his current working trio with pianist Allen Farnham and bassist Terry Burrell. "The Better Half" made it to number 10 on the charts in June of 1999 and this recording represented a different musical direction with Jae's writing. Following in the footsteps of "The Better Half," “Off the Myopic Avenue” was released in 2000 - which also features the trio and special guest saxophonist Elias Haslanger. “Confluence" the seventh was released in 2003. This is the first release that solely features the trio. “The Sinnett Hearings” features some of Jae’s best writing, arranging and drumming. This is the first of his eight releases where he wrote and arranged every composition and "The Sinnett Hearings" became the first jazz cd to debut number one on the national jazz radio charts in January of 2006! The CD is sonically beautiful and is a wonderful vehicle in showcasing the groups high-level musicianship. It is a powerful and soulful mix of thought provoking grooves and improvisation. The latest..."It's Telling...A Drummer's Perspective" was just released and is available at www.cdbaby.com or www.jaesinnett.com. "It's Jae's drumming masterpiece!"

Jae's first performance/instructional video called “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-FM, 89.5 in Norfolk, VA. Jae hosts an extremely popular jazz show called "Sinnett In Session" Monday through Thursday evenings from 9pm-1am and Sunday afternoons from 1pm-5pm. His new show is called "The R&B Chronicles" heard Friday evenings at 7pm. Both of which now can be heard On Demand.

In 1998 he 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 Governors School for the Arts (Gifted high school students) in Norfolk for eight years. Jae 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.

Here is a listing of other artists he has performed with over the years that aren’t mentioned above. They include 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 and many others.

Jae’s current working trio consists of pianist Allen Farnham and bassist Terry Burrell. Allen 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” on Concord Records, performing his arrangements. Terry spent a couple of years with Steve Coleman and the Five Elements and has also performed with Chuck Mangione, Hilton Ruiz and more. He’s versatile and can play many jazz styles and plays both electric and acoustic bass. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA. The trio first performed together in 1995 and has been together as a working group since. Some of the major performances include: The Ella Fitzgerald Festival in Newport News Virginia -The University of Wyoming, Coe College, Iowa State University, The M’Shop in Ames, Iowa and The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head S.C. – Millersville University, Wayne State University, the Texas Jazz Festival, the Tucson Jazz Festival and Emory University in Atlanta and many more.
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New Live Trio CD "Theatre"

Posted on March 1, 2010 at 7:50pm 0 Comments

Hi friends...my new like trio CD "Theatre" is now available online at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/JaeSinnettTrio. There you can also hear samples of songs on the release. It also features the incredible young pianist Justin Kauflin. My first live recording. Check it out if you have a chance and thanks much for your support.



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At 8:56am on February 16, 2009, Ade Brayboy said…
Just a shout out to a fellow local musician and educator. My long time college friend Terry Burrell always spoke highly of you.
At 1:03am on August 1, 2008, Faith said…
Thank you for responding Jae! Yes very interesting in deed! I figured it was somewhere else & New Orleans of all places! I know there are many towns with the name "Crescent City" around the US. Crescent City CA is prone to tsunamis, we had a small one in 2006 thank God no lives were lost. Crescent City CA is in the national Redwood Forest, along the pacific coast & Smith river, absolutely breath taking area to behold, I really miss it because I am now living in Las Vegas of all places! Many blessings to you & yours!!
At 4:09pm on July 31, 2008, Faith said…
Hello Jae...thank you for the invite, I enjoyed your music & reading your story very much. I lived on the ocean in Crescent City CA for 14 years, there are dangerous undercurrents there! I like all your songs here!

Its an honor to be your friend...have a blessed weekend!
At 9:51pm on June 1, 2008, Philip Woo said…
This music is very inspiring... Please hit me up if you are in japan! Thanks for the add.

Philip Woo
At 7:27pm on June 1, 2008, Randy Janoski said…
Thanks for the friendship. We have a couple of mutual acquaintances Jimmy Moody and Chuck Mangione.
At 9:21am on April 21, 2008, Brad Wilcox said…
I'm sorry, it seems like you just couldn't find any decent folks to work with over the years...hahaaha;-) wow. Great, man. Been to VA Beach area many times. Played at a big festival/USO type thing a couple of times there right on the beach. That beach is WIDE!! Enormous stage..throngs of people...still plenty of beach. ha. Anyway..just stoppin' by. Best to you!
At 6:19pm on March 11, 2008, Lisa Markley said…
howdy from tx.
happy to hear you!
At 11:25pm on March 7, 2008, Cynthia Hilts said…
Hey, Jae, I enjoy your music. Cliffhanger is the first piece in seven I've heard on here. But even more interesting is the way it breaks down, hmmm! Somehow the way you're drumming seems to erase the usual 3+4 or 4+3. I like it! Peace, Cynthia
At 4:51pm on February 29, 2008, Elva said…
Jae Sinnett is Simply the BEST! And I've seen the best of the best.
At 2:48pm on February 27, 2008, Greg Randolph said…
Hey Jae,

Hope things are well on the coast. I put some "It's Telling" tunes on my page, just spreadin' the Sinnett love to the members. Stop by any time and give me a shout on here or MySpace.
All the best,











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