Sean Dobbins

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Sean Dobbins
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Background Information

Birth Name

Sean Kevin Dobbins


December 5, 1975


Ann Arbor


Musician, Educator




Detroit Music Factory


Associated Acts

Modern Jazz Messengers
Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet
Urban Transport


Sean Dobbins is a Jazz Drummer who got his start as sought-after Detroit area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue Note artist Louis Smith. As Sean’s Career progressed, he found himself the recipient of many awards and accolades including the “Woody Herman Jazz Award”, an award for outstanding musicianship, as well as the Louis Armstrong Scholarship. Due to Sean’s great talent both as a player and an educator, he has been the focus of countless news articles, jazz radio programs, and documentaries.

Though still young by jazz standards, Dobbins has amassed an impressive list of playing companions. He has performed/toured/recorded with Johnny Basset, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Frank Morgan, Joey DeFrancesco, George Cables, James “Blood” Ulmer, Marcus Belgrave, Larry Willis, Rodney Whittaker, Claude Black, Johnny O’Neal, Paul Keller, Tad Weed, Kurt Krahnke, Jon Hendricks, David “Fathead” Newman, Donald Walden, Cyrus Chesnut, Barry Harris, David Baker, Randy Johnston, Marion Hayden, Mose Allison, and a host of other great musicians.

Sean has a lot of irons in the fire. He works regularly with his quintet the Modern Jazz Messengers and the Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet and makes music for the new Mack Avenue Records imprint the Detroit Music Factory. When he isn't playing in clubs or in the studio, Sean is on faculty at the University Of Michigan, Oakland University and Wayne State University. He has served as the Artistic Director of Jazz Ensembles for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is currently the Executive/Artistic Director for the Southeastern Music Academy

Modern Jazz Messengers

the Modern Jazz Messengers, have been a mainstay in Detroit’s jazz world for over ten years. Like the band's inspiration Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Dobbins is big on rotating the members and keeping the band’s frontline youthful and hard swinging. The Modern Jazz Messengers songbook is heavy on hard-bop and post-bop staples. Corey Kendrick, Marion Hayden, Jonathan Beshay, Michael Dease, Robert Pipho,Steve Richko, Dean Moore all have been band members.

Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet

More soulful and funk driven then the hard-bop Modern Jazz Messengers, the Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet core group features Sean Dobbins on drums with Cory Allen on guitar, Chris Codish playing a Hammond B3 organ and Marcus Elliot on sax. Jim Alfredson fills in on keys for Chris and Jonathan Beshay on sax for Marcus when schedules conflict.




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