Winner of the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition, and the 2004 National Trumpet Jazz Competition, Jean Caze has emerged as one of today’s most beautiful new voices in jazz. Jean has performed and/or recorded with Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Al Jarreau, Roy Hargrove, Arturo Sandoval, and George Duke toname a few.
Growing up in Queens, NY, 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.
Jean’s diverse musical abilities continued to win him numerous awards and recognition, including a free trumpet from VH1’s Save the Music program while in Junior High School, and then a chance to perform with the elite Grammy High School Jazz Band during the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony. In his senior year, Caze made his debut on national television, performing with the legendary rock group “Chicago” live on NBC from Rockefeller Center.
One of Jean’s many scholarships led him to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music where hecompleted his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance in 2004. While earning his Masters degree in music from Florida International University, Jean released his first self produced album entitled “Miami Jazz Scene” in 2006. Before completing his graduate studies at F.I.U., the Haitian-born trumpeter won second place in the prestigious 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition. In 2009, Jean began his long standing position as part of the teaching faculty at the Litchfield Jazz Camp in 2009.
In 2010, Jean accepted a position in Michael Bublé’s touring band, performing as a featured soloist in sold out arenas all over the world. In 2014, Jean officially became a Yamaha artist. In December of 2015, Jean released his second self produced album, “Amédé” where he mixed his Haitian roots with his American background. 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 even compared to Miles Davis by fellow trumpet player Carl Saunders. With a sound compared to the likes of Miles Davis, it is no wonder that Jean Caze has achieved such astounding success as a trumpet player.