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Jae Sinnett is a composer, producer, drummer, educator and seasoned jazz broadcaster from Hampton Roads, Virginia (USA).

As a recording artist, Jae Sinnett currently has 13 recordings out as a leader, the first of which was released in 1986. Over the years he has performed and/or recorded with, among others, Branford and Ellis Marsalis, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Chuck Mangione, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Chico Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Jon Hendricks, Randy Brecker, James Moody, Fred Hersch, Mulgrew Millew, JoAnne Brackeen, Frank Morgan, Everette Harp, Peter White and many others.

As a jazz educator, he taught jazz history, theory and percussion and directed the jazz big band and jazz combos at the Governors School for the Arts (Gifted high school students) in Norfolk, VA for 8 years and is now an adjunct drum set and jazz ensemble instructor at Christopher Newport University. He attended Norfolk State and Old Dominion Universities as a music education major.

As a composer, he’s written over 150 compositions. He has scored music for five documentaries – one of which aired on PBS.

As a broadcaster, he is beginning his 24th year as jazz producer/host for National Public Radio affiliate, WHRV-FM, 89.5 in Norfolk, VA, where he hosts an extremely popular jazz show. In 1998 he was nominated for Gavin Jazz programmer of the year by his peers in the industry.




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