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.
Jeanfrançois Prins is a melodic storyteller with an unmistakable sound. 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.
Jeanfrançois Prins has spent his adult life as a professional guitarist, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer, performing, recording and collaborating with many of today’s Jazz and acoustic music giants, a.o. Toots Thielemans, Lee Konitz, Judy Niemack, Kenny Wheeler, Benny Golson, Gary Bartz, Eddie Gomez, Scott Colley, Rufus Reid, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis.
As an educator, he was leading the Jazz Guitar Departments at both music universities in Berlin for more than a decade, and teaching numerous classes and ensembles there, as well as at the ARTEZ Jazz University in Enschede. He gives workshops and master-classes internationally, communicating with enthusiasm his passion for this expansive music to the next generations of players.
Jeanfrançois Prins “Blue Note Mode”
Jeanfrançois Prins - guitar
Danny Grissett - piano
Jay Anderson - bass
E.J. Strickland - drums
Jaleel Shaw - alto sax
Jeremy Pelt - trumpet
Available all year 2024 & 2025