Artist: Jean Beaudet

Photo of Jean BeaudetJean Beaudet studied piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. He then played in various blues, rock and calypso groups. He also studied counterpoint, composition and piano at the University of Ottawa.

His professional jazz career began in the early seventies in local clubs in and around his native city, Ottawa. He also recorded music for CBC Radio. He traveled to Toronto and New York, but chose to settle in Montreal in the late seventies. He has played and/or recorded with big names such as Nelson Symonds, Billy Robinson, Guy Nadon, Claude Ranger, Charles Ellison, Charles Papasoff, Dave Turner, Barry Elmes and Steve Wallace. Internationally, he has played and/or recorded with Kenny Wheeler, Julius Hemphill, Gene Perla, Jane Bunnett, Don Thompson, Ralph Lalama and many others.

He has been leading his own groups since 1975, mostly trios and quartets. He has however led larger ensembles for which he has composed and arranged original music. He has also toured as a solo performer.

Jean has recorded his own albums with outstanding sidemen, and has appeared in concerts and festivals around the world with his own group and with others. He has been invited to play in New York and New Orleans. He has played in France, England, Holland, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. He has also toured across Canada many times.

In 2003, he received the Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton Award for composition and the body of his work from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Since the release of the new CD ''Les Danseurs" in 2004, the Jean Beaudet Trio performed for TV Ontario, at Humber College in Toronto, at the Markham Jazz Festival, at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and at the Top of The Senator in Toronto. Also, Jean Beaudet performed a solo concert at the Barry International Jazz festival in Ontario, a Solo Concert for Bravo TV produced by Daniel Berman and a Live Solo performance and interview with Joe Sealy on Jazz FM 91 in Toronto.

In 2005, Jean carried out a long tour with his Trio, from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, performing in the main jazz festivals of the country and with trumpet player Charles Ellison, he was invited to perform at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Afterwards, he spent six months finishing his tour in the United States and Mexico. Then in 2006, the Jean Beaudet Trio gave concerts at the London International Jazz Festival in Ontario, at the Montreal Off-Jazz Festival, at Upstairs In Montreal, as well as in a tour of the Maisons de la Culture de Montréal. In 2007, Jean recorded his new compositions in "Jean Beaudet seul au piano" on Elephant Records. He was then invited to perform with his Trio at Upstairs, on tour through the United States and the Caribbean.

Lyrical, melodic and rhythmically challenging, he continues searching for new harmonies. In the forefront of his musical expression is the cohesiveness of the group, solid arrangements and daring improvisation.

Jean Beaudet is one of the only few rare Canadian pianists mentioned in the recent "Oxford Companion to Jazz" as a direct successor to both Oscar Peterson and Paul Bley. He was listed in Downbeat in their poll category "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition." Many of Canada’s most eminent jazz critics have called Jean Beaudet one of this country’s finest virtuoso pianists.