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[Jean Caze]

Jean Caze
Trumpeter/Composer/Educator
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 exciting new voices in jazz. Though only twenty-five, Jean has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Najee, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Al Jarreau, and George Duke, 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 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 first received formal training and the Queens College CPSM (Center for Preparatory Studies in Music) program.

Jean’s diverse musical abilities have won him numerous awards and recognition, including a free trumpet from VH1’s Save the Music program, and a chance to perform with the elite Grammy High School Jazz Band which was comprised of the best high school students in the country. One of Jean's scholarships led him to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree and Florida International University where he received his Master's degree.

In 2006, Jean self-produced his debut album, Miami Jazz Scene, which features original compositions that draw from R&B, Soul, and Blues. This contemporary jazz album demonstrates that even though his roots are solidly planted in jazz, Jean can flawlessly switch between genres.

With a sound compared to 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 there is no limit to where his talent will 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 Chine, The New York Times

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