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Alain

Jean-Marie

"He's the one that comes to mind when you are looking for both subtle elegance and warm efficiency". PHILIPPE CARLES

 

"Une intégrité devant la musique qui n’a d’égale que sa modestie" LE MONDE 

 

“Alain Jean-Marie fait éclater de manière irrécusable son talent, déjà maintes fois  constaté. Il s’affirme comme un artiste de la découpe chez qui le sens de l’originalité harmonique, l’inventivité mélodique sont mis en forme par un toucher net, subtil et rond, par une respiration ample qui retient le temps pour accentuer le swing, par une impeccable rigueur métrique. Un très grand pianiste" JAZZ MAGAZINE

 

Alain Jean-Marie is considered by many to be France’s – if not Europe’s – top living jazz pianist. Born in the Carribean island of Guadeloupe, Alain established himself in Paris in 1973 and quickly became a ‘first-call’ pianist. From 1976 on, he toured and recorded with such jazz legends as Chet Baker, Sonny Stitt, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Bill Coleman, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Barney Wilen and Benny Golson. 

 

In 1979, he received the Django Reinhardt Prize, France’s foremost distinction for jazz musicians. In 1987, Alain Jean-Marie recorded a duo album with bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen.  In 1990, he joined Abbey Lincoln in New York to record the album "The World is Falling Down", along with Clark Terry, Jackie McLean, Billy Higgins and Charlie Haden. Alain also frequently performed with saxophonist Barney Wilen. The year 1992 marked the release of his album "Biguine Reflections", the first of a series in which Alain Jean-Marie creates a link between his Caribbean roots and his be-bop culture and pays tribute to phenomenal biguine musicians such as Al Lirvat and Robert Mavounzy. In 1999, his solo album "Afterblue"  won the First Prize from France’s Jazz Academy, for ‘Best French Jazz Record’. The following year, Alain received the ‘Golden’ Django Award as ‘Best French Jazz Musician.’ 

 

 

To this day, Alain remains a huge inspiration and example for a whole generation of musicians on the French jazz scene. His trio brings together Gilles Naturel on bass and Philippe Soirat on drums.