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Belgian Jazz guitarist Jeanfrançois Prins was born in Brussels and currently resides in Berlin. He has spent most of his adult life as a professional musician, arranger and producer; performing, recording and collaborating with many of today’s Jazz giants. He has been teaching private instrument lessons and classes in Berlin’s Music Universities, where he lead the Jazz Guitar Departments for over a decade, and gives workshops and master-classes internationally, communicating with enthusiasm his passion for this expansive music to the next generations of players.
Jeanfrançois has several current projects as a leader. His “Colliding Universes” is a 6tet which features 2 tenor saxophones, a fluegelhorn, bass and drums. "All Strings Attached" features his trio plus a classical string quartet, performing his original compositions and arrangements. He also co-leads a new 4tet with american saxophonist extraordinaire Andy Middleton. His sixth CD as a leader "El Gaucho", featuring his trio with Joris Teepe on bass and Victor Lewis on drums, plus guest Rich Perry on tenor saxophone was released on Challenge Records in early April 2012.
At age 18, Prins started playing music as a self-taught improviser.
At age 19, Prins was already leading his own professional band, performing his original tunes and arrangements. In 1991, he graduated as a Sound Engineer from the world famous I.N.S.A.S. School for Performing Arts in Brussels, Belgium. The same year, he was awarded the First Prize for Instrumental Performance at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles, as well as the “Golden Sax”, awarded by both the French- and Dutch- speaking Jazz journalists in Belgium.
As a guitarist, Jeanfrançois Prins has performed as a leader and/or as a sideman with Toots Thielemans, Lee Konitz, Judy Niemack, Kenny Wheeler, Bud Shank, Lew Tabackin, Gary Bartz, Jaleel Shaw, Gary Foster, Gary Bartz, John Ruocco, Andy Middleton, Bill Evans, Steve Houben, Jacques Pelzer, Julian Priester, Jiggs Whigham, Randy Brecker, Gerard Presencer, Uli Beckerhoff, Tim Hagans, Till Brönner, Jim Mc Neely, Kirk Lightsey, Dan Haerle, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Michel Herr, Walter Norris, Kirk Nurock, Mal Waldron, Bruce Barth, Stephen Scott, Kelvin Sholar, Alban Gerhardt, Mike Richmond, Eddie Gomez, Putter Smith, Jay Anderson, Scott Colley, Rufus Reid, Hein Van de Geyn, Ricardo del Fra, Ratzo Harris, Cameron Brown, Bruno Castellucci, Steve Davis, Adam Nussbaum, Joe La Barbera, Jerry Granelli, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, John Betsch, Al "Tootie" Heath, Eric Vaughn, Café, Pandit Sankha Chatterjee, Quincy Jones, Peter Herbolzheimer, Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, Darmon Meader, Theo Bleckmann, Janice Borla, Katalina Segura, Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, Cosmo Berger, Lisa Werlinder...
Jeanfrançois Prins has released six CDs as a leader. The fourth one, "All Around Town" (TCB 99402), was conceived as his own musical photo album of New York City. He recorded it in trio with bassist Mike Richmond and drummer Adam Nussbaum, plus saxophonist Lee Konitz as a guest. The fifth, "Light" (GAM 918), was co-led by drummer Steve Davis, in trio with bassist Larry Kohut. "El Gaucho", his sixth CD feat. Joris Teepe, Victor Lewis and Rich Perry is now available on Challenge Records!!
Jeanfrançois Prins has been featured on TV in Belgium, France, Holland, Estonia, and on the satellite channel Muzzik, both in interviews and performing. In 1994, he was an actor and musician in the Belgian movie "Just Friends", which won several prizes and was nominated for an Oscar in the United States as "Best Foreign Film". In early 1999, the Belgian French-speaking national television (RTBF) produced a special documentary feature about his international career, both as a musician and an educator. It was also aired on the worldwide French language channel TV5 in the summer of 1999.
Several musicians have played Jeanfrançois Prins’ compositions :
Always very involved in the groups that he decides to play with, Jeanfrançois Prins has written arrangements and originals for them (Richard Rousselet, Lee Konitz, Mary Kay, Judy Niemack, Toots Thielemans, ...).
- Jeanfrançois PRINS - Judy NIEMACK "Beauty and the Prince" GAM 916
- Lee KONITZ & Jeanfrançois PRINS Trio "Live" GAM 915
- Jeanfrançois PRINS "All Around Town" TCB 99402
- Jeanfrançois PRINS "Light GAM 918
- Jeanfrançois PRINS "El Gaucho" Challenge CR 73337
- Judy NIEMACK "Straight Up" FREELANCE FRL CD 018
- Richard ROUSSELET 5tet "Waitin' for You" GAM 913
- Lee KONITZ "Rhapsody" vol. 1 Paddle Wheel Records KICJ 174
- Michel HERR "Just Friends" soundtrack AMC 50047
- Shigeko SUZUKI "Première" NOVUS BVCP-870 BMG JAPAN
- Judy NIEMACK "...Night and the Music..." FREELANCE FRL CD 026
- Sören FISCHER "Don’t Change Your Hair For Me" GLM EC 513-2
- R.I.A.S. Big Band + Clark Terry "Duke Ellington Project" MONS MR 874-306
- Judy Niemack "About Time" feat. Eddie Gomez, Lee Konitz SONY JAZZ 509824-2
- BERLIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA “You’re Everything”
- Judy NIEMACK “Blue Nights” BLUJAZZ 3353
- Putter Smith “Desert Passes” (Coming soon!)
- Judy NIEMACK “In the Sundance” BLUJAZZ 3374
- Lisa Werlinder “U R the 1”
- Ernst Ludwig Petrowski “Ornette, etc...”
As an educator, Jeanfrançois Prins had an early start. Although he started playing music fairly late, he had a wide knowledge of the jazz tradition and the history of music in general because of being brought up in his parents’ record store, which specialised in Jazz and Classical music.
In 1999, he became the leader of the guitar section in the Hanns Eisler’s Jazz Department. In 2006, both of Berlin's Jazz Departments (UdK and Hanns Eisler) merged into the brand-new JIB (Jazz Institute Berlin).
Jeanfrançois Prins’ music is poetic and passionate. One can hear him in a large variety of styles, from solo to big-band with orchestra. He enjoys risk-taking improvisation and organic interaction. His lyrical fusion of romance and hard-swinging guitar is influenced by his encounters with World Music, Latin Jazz, French Chanson, Contemporary Classical music, Avant-Guarde and Pop.
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