Jauron Perry, is a rising Detroit-Native Jazz Trumpeter, Composer, and Bandleader, currently a first year undergraduate studying jazz performance at Michigan State University’s College of Music. Selected as the Next Generation of Talent award recipient, Jauron has quickly gained much experience performing and working with Detroit jazz masters such as Rodney Whitaker, Dwight Adams, James Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Vincent Chandler, Kris Johnson, Diego Rivera, Sean Dobbins, Wendell Harrison, Marion Hayden, and Regina Carter, just to name a few. Other sensations outside of his hometown include Etienne Charles, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Walter Blanding, Jerome Jennings, Tim Warfield, Helen Sung, and Jeff Hamilton. Jauron has also been featured in popular events such as the Detroit Jazz Festival, Michigan Jazz Festival, African World Festival, East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, and as of recent, the Jack Rudin Jazz Championship at Jazz at Lincoln Center with MSU’s Jazz Orchestra 1. From his experience has come his reputation for being vastly knowledgeable, passionate, and mature about his craft for his age. He has been said, according to Kris Johnson, to be a “natural leader who searches for new ways to make personal connections with the music”. Having graduated from the acclaimed Detroit School of Arts High School, known for producing popular artists such as Aaliyah, and even the vibrant Endea Owens, a strong foundation and seriousness was established for Jauron early on through effective exposure and world-class mentorship. In addition to his performance endeavors, Jauron also works as a youth mentor and advocate for young people matriculating into the arts and entertainment industry. He is currently constructing his own original compositions and aspires to lead bands of varying styles and sizes from small group to big band and straight ahead jazz to funk and fusion to perform across numerous venues around the country and internationally. Jauron desires to spread a message of unity, diversity, and awareness through his music, honor the tradition by highlighting the great eras of jazz and pay tribute to legends and his mentors, and include relevant themes in how he approaches performing even jazz classics through the lens of today’s world.