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His was a musical family, his father's love of jazz enabled Sean to
hear the music of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and others as a young
child. His father's mother Muriel Cohen was a concert pianist and the
first Australian to perform Olivier Messiaen's Catalogue D'Oiseax
publicly. To this day Sean is still entranced by Debussy and Messiaen.
Perhaps intimidated by living up to his family's talent, Sean chose to
study the violin as a child. His interest in the piano increased and
as a teenager he fooled around on the instrument. The fact that he was
already an accomplished fiddler and had a busy schedule playing with
school orchestras etc meant that he had little time to practise piano.
In his final year of high school Sean met jazz pianist John Bostock.
At the time in Australia it was difficult to find out about jazz and
John hipped Sean to the music of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and John
Coltrane. After school Sean spent a couple of years at University
studying Electrical Engineering, but the seed had been sown and he
came to realise that his calling in life was to be a musician. Sean
studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1992 and 1993.
He has had numerous piano teachers including Mike Nock, Roger
Frampton, Judy Bailey, Paul Macnamara in Australia. In New York he has
studied with Barry Harris, Kevin Hayes , Geoff Keezer, George
Colligan, Sam Yahel and Bruce Barth. While at the Conservatorium he
received the Jack Chrostowski piano award. In 1993 he was a finalist
in the National Jazz Piano Awards at the Wangaratta Festival. In 1999
Sean recieved a grant from the Australia Council to study jazz piano
in New York which helped him to relocate there.
Sean has worked for a number of internationally renowned musicians
including : Allan Holdsworth, Wayne Krantz, Jon Gordon, Jon Iragabon, David Binney, Madeliene Peyroux, Tom Guarna, Tim Miller,
Ingrid Jensen, Jon Gordon, Dave Smith , Dan Pratt, Ike Sturm , Cornell
Dupree, Jesse Harris, Sheryl Bailey, Gerald Hayes, Dale Barlow,
Justine Clark, Phil Slater , Jackie Orsascky, Steve Hunter, James
Muller and Steve Mckenna
Sean has released over 10 critically acclaimed CDs, featuring
musicians such as Adam Nussbaum,Dennis Irwin,Seamus Blake, Chad
Wackerman, Steve Kirby, Alvester Garnett, Jesse Harris, James Muller,
Jochen Rueckert, Matt Penman, Donny McCaslin and Will Vinson .
Sean has successfully toured internationally. He has performed in many
countries including U.S.A ,China, Japan, England, Germany , Hong Kong
and New Zealand under his own name. In 2004 , with his trio, Sean made
the first instructional jazz DVD produced in China by foreigners.
As well as recording his own CDs he has appeared on numerous other
jazz releases including albums by David Binney , Elana Stone, Tim
Hopkins, Banana, John Mackie and Nick McBride and Luca Benedetti.
Sean's compositions and arrangements have featured on albums by James
Muller , Lily Dior , The Jazzgroove MothershipOrchestra , Matt McMahon
and more .
Sean's most well known CD internationally is "Colossus of Rhodes"
released by prestigious Japanese label DIW. Sean has recorded over 8
critically acclaimed CDs which feature his original compositions. They
include: Fangin (SEED 001) with Adam Armstrong and Nick McBride;
Stolen Van (RUFUS 035) featuring works by contempory songwriters such
as Steely Dan and Elvis Costello; Stevo (SEED 002) featuring Adam
Nussbaum and Dennis Irwin; and 99 (SEED 004) with Seamus Blake (Mingus
Big Band), Alvester Garnett (Regina Carter), Steve Kirby (Elvin Jones)
and others;South Pacific Soul (SEED 005);Colossus of Rhodes (DIW) with
Matt Penman and Jochen Ruckert; Lurline(SEED 006) with Matt Penman and
Australian Rhythm Changes ( SEED 007) with Chad Wackerman, James
Muller, Andrew Gander etc download bio photo for press (300 dpi JPEG,
"Solo" ( SEED 008 ) . Solo piano compositions and improvisations.
"Expensive Habit " ( SEED CD009 ) with Jochen Rueckert , Matt Penman,
Donny McCaslin , Will Vinson and James Muller.