Kenny Burrell & Don Sickler_1.15.14_med-res

A jazz guru.

Don Sickler has seen every side of the jazz industry. Leader and sideman: trumpet and flugelhorn. Arranger: over 400 arrangements recorded. Producer: many albums including 5 Grammy winners, and the video series Jazz Icons. Conductor: concerts and record sessions throughout the world. Publisher: production manager of United Artists in the 1970s; currently publisher of over 300 jazz artist/composers. Educator: over 30 years at Columbia University; guest lectures at other universities.
Don’s career started by gigging with legendary drum master Philly Joe Jones, which led to playing and recording with many of the biggest names in hard bop, like Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins, Jimmy Heath, Johnny Griffin, J.J. Johnson, Ray Bryant and Ronnie Mathews, plus  many of their great jazz artist disciples.Read more about Don's storied career.

An innovator.

Since founding Second Floor Music publishing in 1978, Don has reimagined jazz publishing and brought it to new forms and media. He started with historic print publications like the two different original recorded arrangements of “Joy Spring” and many other great hard bop titles, then developed (an instant digital download website with sheet music, transcriptions and practice tools). Don has taken jazz to a new level, exposing it to new audiences and encouraging in-depth engagement.