Winner of the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition, and the 2004 National Trumpet Jazz Competition, Jean Caze has emerged as one of today’s most exciting new voices in jazz. Though only twenty-four, Jean has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Najee, Arturo Sandoval , John Fadis, Randy Brecker, and Bob Mintzer, to name a few. Jean also played with the legendary rock group “Chicago” live on NBC, and has opened for the Wynton Marsalis Quartet. Most recently, the Haitian-born trumpeter opened for tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and Roy Hargrove at Lincoln Center in for Jazzmobile's 40th Anniversary celebration.
Jean began playing the trumpet at age nine and says, It took three days to get any sound at all out of it. He went on to be awarded scholarship after scholarship to attend some of the country's top musical institutions, including the Julliard MAP (Music Advancement Program) where he received his first formal training and the Queens College CPSM (Center for Preparatory Studies in Music) program. Upon graduation, Jean was awarded the Caroll Glenn Award the highest honor awarded by the academy.
Jean’s diverse musical abilities have won him numerous awards and recognition, including a free trumpet from VH1’s Save the Music program, and a chance to perform with the elite Grammy High School Jazz Band during the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony. One of Jean's many scholarships led him to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree.