"He's the one that comes to mind when you are looking for both subtle elegance and warm efficiency". 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.
Master in the art of the accompaniment, child of the biguine and the bebop, Alain Jean-Marie just released "Pensativa", a new album that could take the appearance of a self-portrait. Surrounded by a crack rhythm section of Darryl Hall on bass and Lukmil Perez on drums and percussions, "Pensativa" features some jazz standards, some original compositions as well as songs such as Calypso (Kenny Barron) or the famous bolero "Dos Gardenias".
In 1979, Alain Jean-Marie 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.