Born: August 15, 1954 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
From the age of five, he studied music theory, then the traditional clarinet in Paris followed by saxophone studies at the conservatory of Lyons (the Lyons school of French classical saxophone) where he achieved a gold medal.
Essentially self-taught in jazz and deeply influenced by classical and religious music, his musical education has been supplemented with great jazz musicians such as Bill Dobbins, Ramon Ricker at Eastman school and David Liebman in New York.
The professional career of Jacques Helmus is strewn with varied and enriching collaborations. He has played with Liane Foly, Francis Lalanne, Thierry Durbet (arrangeur), Nicolas Peyrac, Thierry Pastor, Michel Leeb.
Other musical dimensions include being a member of the full orchestra of Jean Louis Longnon Claude Cagnasso, member of the Michel Perez de Mario Stanchev group with whom he played alongside Jay Anderson, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum, also member of 'the O.R.J' (the Rhone-Alp big band). He founded the group 'Touch' with Brian Bennett, David Chevalier, François Verly and John Taylor. Finally, Jacques Helmus can be seen in Bertrand Tavernier’s acclaimed film 'Around midnight' along with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams et Wayne Shorter.
Jacques Helmus recently recorded a new CD LETTING GO for Cristal records with Mario Stanchev, Alfio Origlio: Piano,Didier Del Aguila, Andy Baron drums,Julien Jussey keyboards Guest : JEROME REGARD bass MANU KATCHE drums.
Its current group will be on tour with Alfio Origlio Piano, Didier Del Aguila bass, and also Andy Baron Drums Spring 2010 jacques Helmus Group on tour with guest DOMINIC MILLER guitar (Sting)
Currently professor of saxophone jazz at the conservatory of Lyon;
Jacques Helmus wrote a method Le saxophone jazz vol 1 and 2 France : WMP/Carisch - Germany : Chilinotes USA : Northeastern
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Lyon Conservatory sax jazz class
jazz clinic for beginners or advanced player