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Jeanfrancois Prins

Jeanfrancois Prins Jazz Guitarist Composer Arranger Educator

“ A real voice on the guitar with a warmth that’s all his own” Joe Lovano “...there can be no doubt that this truly creative and musical young man will continue to be heard from. But don’t wait for his next record - catch him live!” Dan Morgenstern “Jeanfrançois Prins plays directly from the heart…” FRED HERSCH “There is a great Jazz Guitar tradition in Belgium, represented successively by Django Reinhardt, René Thomas, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, and now by Jeanfrançois Prins.” KNACK – DE MORGEN

Jeanfrançois Prins has become Belgium's most international jazz guitarist (he spent most of his career between New York City and Berlin, until recently moving back to his roots: Brussels, and has performed and recorded all over Europe, the U.S., Latin America and Asia). His 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-Garde and Pop.

Son of record-store owners, grand-son of a jazz producer (Django Reinhard recordings in 1942 among many others), Jeanfrançois Prins has spent his adult life as a professional musician, composer, 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 at the ARTEZ Jazz University in Enschede, Holland for a year. He gives workshops and master-classes internationally, communicating with enthusiasm his passion for this expansive music to the next generations of players.

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“ A real voice on the guitar with a warmth that’s all his own” Joe Lovano “...there can be no doubt that this truly creative and musical young man will continue to be heard from. But don’t wait for his next record - catch him live!” Dan Morgenstern “Jeanfrançois Prins plays directly from the heart…” FRED HERSCH “There is a great Jazz Guitar tradition in Belgium, represented successively by Django Reinhardt, René Thomas, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, and now by Jeanfrançois Prins.” KNACK – DE MORGEN
Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

Brussels

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Teaching guitar, ensembles, big band, jazz history class, practical ear-training. Leader of the jazz guitar departments at both music universities in Berlin (HfM Hanns Eisler, UdK) for a total of 12 years.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Jazz guitar masterclass, Ensemble/Combo training, Jazz History Class, Playing with/for vocalists

Discography

El Gaucho

El Gaucho

Challenge Records
2012

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