Welcome

Welcome to my website! 

      I am a freelance saxophonist/flutist, composer and bandleader based in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in R&B, jazz, soul, funk, reggae, Latin, New Orleans and related styles. I'm currently on a six week stint as artist-in-residence at Rogers Art Loft in Las Vegas.

         My JAZZphoria octet has just recorded an album, which will be out by the beginning of 2022, along with a new video. JAZZphoria (see tab above)  plays all my original groove-based music from swing, to bebop, reggae, funk, bossa nova, soca and salsa. The band is composed of two trumpets/flugelhorns, two saxes/flutes/clarinets, guitar, piano, bass & drums.  All the arrangements feature big band style harmonies, great jazz solos backed up by a rock solid rhythm section.  

     My career has taken me worldwide, recording and touring with David Bowie, Luther Vandross, Laura Nyro, Melba Liston, Chic, Bo Diddley and many others. I have been fortunate to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Grammys in Los Angeles, the Monterey, San Francisco, San Jose Jazz Festivals and many others, including Montreux, Pori (Finland), the Netherlands, Rio de Janeiroand Acapulco.

     I love composing, and I'm honored that the Montclair Women's Big Band is recording four of my original compositions for their upcoming second album. My tunes will also appear in the New Standards  Fake Book from Berklee Press, and the Bay Area Jazz Composers' Fakebook. I teach at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, and serve on the board of the non-profit Jazzwomen and Girls Advocates.

     Thanks for looking, and I hope to see you around the Bay soon!  Cheers, Jean