Sturm studied at Lawrence, Eastman and the University of North Texas, and was a founding member of the jazz nonet Matrix. He received the University Award for Excellence in Teaching at Lawrence in 2005 and the 2010 Downbeat Jazz Education Achievement Award.
Jenkins’ career as a jazz artist has covered a wide range of musical experiences and responsibilities, beginning at an early age playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He recorded three live albums with the Kenton Band, Artistry in Symphonic Jazz, A Time for Love, and The Lost Concerts, Vols. I & II, and was also involved with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in Residence Jazz Camps.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1978 and studied with renowned trumpet teacher James Stamp. From Los Angeles, he toured with the big bands of Harry James, Buddy Rich, and finally, the Count Basie Orchestra.
Since moving to Rochester, N.Y., to join the Eastman faculty in 2000, Jenkins has maintained a busy performing, recording and teaching schedule. He has remained active throughout the United States (especially New York City and Los Angeles) and abroad.
He continues to perform and record with the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, of which he is a charter member (the trumpet section has included trumpet artists Snooky Young, Bobby Bryant, Chuck Findley, Oscar Brashear, Byron Stripling and Bijon Watson).