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Jae's Story

Jae Sinnett grew up near Pittsburgh PA and came to Virginia in the mid 70’s as part of the US NAVY. Once out he started his music career. He’s a musical visionary and a man of extraordinary talent.  He is a consummate drummer, composer, and band leader who has produced 14 recordings – the first of which was released in 1986.  In 2016 he released his critically acclaimed – Zero to 60 project. It reached the number one position on the national Jazzweek radio charts!!! Jae’s latest, The Americana Groove Project will be released in the fall of 2018. The CD is a soulful mix of funk, soul, blues, rock and funk jazz fusion. Jae also makes his lead singing debut on five songs.

Jae has written over 250 compositions.  He has also scored music for five documentaries – one of which (John Biggers: Stories of Illumination) was aired on PBS.  Jae’s dream of having his trio perform with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra was realized on Oct. 10, 2014.  The performance was met with outstanding reviews.

Jae’s other professional life has him in his 29th year as jazz producer/host for NPR affiliate WHRV-FM 89.5 in Norfolk, VA. Public radio. Jae hosts the popular jazz show Sinnett in Session Monday through Thursday evenings from 9 pm to 1 am and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 pm EST.  He also hosts The R&B Chronicles, heard Friday evenings at 7 pm.  Both shows can be heard on demand at whrv.org. His Sinnett in Session jazz show is one of the highest fundraising revenue producing four hour jazz shows in the country.

This year, 2018, at the Jazzweek national radio conference in San Jose CA, Jaw was awarded the prestigious Scott Willis Jazz Impact Award. In 1998, he was nominated for the Gavin Jazz Programmer of the Year award by his peers in the industry and has since been nominated five times.  As a jazz educator, Jae taught history, theory and percussion at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA for eight years.  He also directed the GSA Big Band and Jazz Combos.  He was an adjunct drum set and jazz ensemble instructor at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.  Jae attended Norfolk State and Old Dominion Universities as a music education major.  Jae is a Sonor drums and Sabian Cymbal artist. He’s been an endorser with both companies for over 20 years!!! He’s also a touring clinician and music educator…conducting master classes at many universities and appearing as a guest artist with the ensembles performing his compositions and more.

Jae’s  Zero to 60 Quartet features saxophonist Ralph Bowen, bassist Terry Burrell, and pianist Allen Farnham. The Americana Groove Project features guitarist Jay Rakes, organist and pianist Weldon Hill and bassist Terry Burrell.