Jae is a prolific composer and musician, as well as a master drummer and leader of several jazz ensembles. He has produced 13 recordings as a leader. His first recording – Obsession – was released in 1986. Featured on this album were the former director of the Count Basie Orchestra – Frank Foster – playing the saxophone, John Hicks on piano, Wallace Roney on trumpet, Steve Wilson on saxophone and Clarence Seay on bass.
The swinging sextet album Blue Jae was released in 1992. House and Sinnett was released in 1994. It featured Cyrus Chestnut and Steve Wilson. Listen was released in 1997 with Jesse Davis on alto saxophone, John D’Earth on trumpet, Billy Pierce on tenor saxophone, and Allen Farnham and Cyrus Chestnut on piano. This recording went to the number one spot 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 Jae’s current working trio with pianist Allen Farnham and bassist Terry Burrell. The Better Half reached number 10 on the charts that June. This recording represented a different musical direction for Jae’s writing. Following The Better Half, Off the Myopic Avenue was released in 2000 – which also features the trio and special guest saxophonist Elias Haslanger. Confluence, Jae’s seventh recording, was released in 2003. This album is the first to feature the trio alone.
Jae’s “masterpiece” album The Sinnett Hearings was released in 2005 and features some of his best writing, arranging and drumming. This is the first of his eight releases in which he wrote and arranged every composition. The Sinnett Hearings became the first jazz album to debut at number one on the national jazz radio charts in January 2006. The album is sonically beautiful and is a powerful vehicle that showcases the high-level musicianship of the group. It is a soulful mix of thought-provoking grooves and improvisation.
The explosive It’s Telling…A Drummer’s Perspective was released in 2008 and became Jae’s most played recording on Pandora. Every song on this album is designed to feature Jae’s extraordinary drumming. It features his trio and saxophonist Steve Wilson.
“This is the recording I’ve always wanted to do to showcase what I feel is my true drumming ability. Every song is designed to feature the drums in various capacities. Truly, a compelling piece of work.” – Jae Sinnett
Complex, dense, introspective and visionary, It’s Telling…A Drummer’s Perspective has it all and demonstrates the extraordinary musicianship of each member in the group.
In 2010 Jae formed a soul/funk ensemble called House & Sinnett and released the seriously funky Old School Loyalty album featuring outstanding vocals, horn arrangements and writing. Jae’s first live album Theatre was also released that year featuring his current working trio of Thelonious Monk piano competition finalist Justin Kauflin and bassist Terry Burrell. Still Standing was produced in 2012 and features the trio with both Allen Farnham and Justin playing on different tracks.
Subject To Change, Jae’s 13th and last recording to date, was released in August 2014. It received positive reviews and debuted at the highest spot on the JazzWeek Radio Chart. The musicians participating in this recording were Jae on drums and keyboards, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano saxophones, Justin Kauflin on piano and keyboards, Terry Burrell on electric and acoustic bass, JC Kuhl on tenor saxophone, Rob DeDominick on trumpet, Bill Brown on trumpet and Duane Smith on electronic trumpet (#4).
Jae’s latest recording, Zero to 60, will be released in February 2016 and will feature Ralph Bowen on saxophone, Allen Farnham on piano and Hans Glawischnig on bass.
Jae’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. In 2009, the trio’s first live concert DVD, entitled Jae Sinnett Trio: Live at WHRO was released. It was recorded in the television studios of WHRO, a public broadcasting station for the Hampton Roads, VA region.
Jae has performed with many 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 Miller, James Williams, Jack Walrath, Makoto Ozone, JoAnne Brackeen, Andrew White and Frank Morgan.
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