Sean Gibbs is a trumpet player and composer/arranger born in Edinburgh on 12th July, 1993. After growing up playing jazz with ensembles such as The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, he enrolled on the BMus (hons) jazz course at Birmingham Conservatoire aged 18. He graduated from the course with first class honours in June 2015, winning the BMus Jazz prize for ‘overall success on the programme and contribution to the life of the department and fellow students’. During his time at the conservatoire, he studied with esteemed trumpet players Percy Pursglove and Richard Iles, alongside many international guest artists, including Mark Turner, Kenny Garrett, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and John Taylor.
Sean now performs regularly as both a leader and sideman across the UK and abroad. Some highlights to date include gigs at the Paris, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals, Frankfurt’s Jazzkeller and the Love Supreme Jazz Festival. Sean is also a prolific composer/arranger, having written numerous works for big band, including arrangements for legendary vocalists Norma Winstone and Judy Niemack. His critically acclaimed debut big band album Burns features original compositions inspired by the poetry of Robert Burns and was described by Herald Scotland as “an undertaking of astonishing maturity”.