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Winner of the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition, and the 2004 National Trumpet Jazz Competition, Jean Caze has emerged as one of todays most exciting new voices in jazz. Though only twenty-five, Jean has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Najee, Arturo Sandoval , John Fadis, Randy Brecker, and Bob Mintzer, to name a few. Jean also played with the legendary rock group Chicago live on NBC, and has opened for the Wynton Marsalis Quartet. Most recently, the Haitian-born trumpeter placed second in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
Jean began playing the trumpet at age nine and says, "It took three days to get any sound at all out of it". He went on to be awarded scholarship after scholarship to attend some of the country's top musical institutions, including the Julliard MAP (Music Advancement Program) where he received his first formal training and the Queens College CPSM (Center for Preparatory Studies in Music) program.
Jeans diverse musical abilities have won him numerous awards and recognition, including a free trumpet from VH1s Save the Music program, and a chance to perform with the elite Grammy High School Jazz Band during the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony. One of Jean's many scholarships led him to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree. In 2007, Jean earned his Master degree in music from Florida International University.
Jean has received abundant praise from critics, peers and jazz enthusiasts alike who have taken to Jean's lyrical tone and tasteful ideas. He has been hailed a "True Improviser" and though his roots are solidly planted in jazz, Jean can flawlessly switch between genres.
With a sound compared to the likes of Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis, it is no wonder that Jean Caze has achieved such astounding success as a trumpet player. Look out for this young and upcoming artist for is no limit to where his talent can take him.
Strong, and unexpectedly diverse, Mr. Caze confidently evoked Miles Davis on a pensive ballad, Old Folks, and a brisk anthem, My Shining Hour.
-Nate Chinen, The New York Times