(c) Maël Lagadec
"Jean-Paul's trumpet playing has a unique and recognizable sound, which he demonstrates with genius on his first-class album 'Behind The Darkness'."
"This trumpet player is so talented! Since 2000, Jean-Paul is omnipresent in the Belgian jazz scene and his second album" Behind The Darkness "is a real revelation!"
Within a 15-years career, Jean-Paul Estiévenart had the opportunity to meet and play with several big names in the international jazz scene : Enrico Pieranuzzi, Nathalie Loriers, Avishai Cohen - trumpet, Logan Richardson, Eric Legnini, Dré Pallemaerts, Joe Lovano, Noel Gallagher, the Brussels jazz Orchestra, Perico Sambeat, Maria Schneider, ...). He has been playing in a dozen Belgian bands as sideman and is now touring with Antoine Pierre URBEX, Alex Koo Quartet, Mik Maak, Steven Delannoye Brandhaard, Manu Hermia Freetet, Jazz Station Big Band, God Save The Swing, Marco Locurcio Group, Filippo Bianchini quintet and his own projects : his trio and his quintet.
This makes him the most demanded trumpet player in the country, with more than 40 albums to his credit.
Jean-Paul Estiévenart (1985) started playing the trumpet in the fanfare of his hometown village, in the Belgian countryside, following his grandfather's path. He then kept on studying this complex instrument at the Academy of Saint-Ghislain for ten years where he got to know jazz music and instantly became passionate about it.
He moved to Brussels in 2004 and quickly became a key figure of Belgian jazz. He started playing around at a frantic pace that has never decreased…
In 2013, he launched a new musical adventure by creating his own trio with Sam Gerstmans on double bass and Antoine Pierre on drums. Their debut album, "Wanted" (W.E.R.F. Records, 2013), has set a singular sound in the Belgian jazz landscape and has marked the beginning of a beautiful story.
The trio is deeply impregnated by jazz tradition but constantly plays with its codes and extends its borders, while maintaining the elegance and authenticity of its heritage.
Their second album, "Behind The Darkness" (Igloo Records, 2016), is an autobiographical opus that refers to the trumpeter's childhood in coal dumps (you mean ‘mines’?). It also represents the moments of darkness encountered during his existence. The title of the album however announces a positive outcome, while Jean-Paul has just turned 30 years old.
In September 2018, Jean-Paul Estiévenart launched his new quintet with Romain Pilon (guitar), Nicola Andrioli (piano), Nicolas Thys (double bass) and Antoine Pierre (drums). The repertoire offers a lyrical and energetic music. Their first album 'Strange Bird' was released on Outnote on Novembre 2019.
His career as a leader has probably only just begun...