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Alain Jean-Marie


Pianist Alain Jean-Marie was born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadalupe. He is a self-taught musician and moved to Paris in 1973 where he got his first job at La Cigale, with Robert Mavounzy and Al Lirvat. He 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.