Jean-Paul Estiévenart

In his 15-year career, Jean-Paul Estiévenart had the opportunity to play with several great names of the EU jazz scene.

He performed with amongst others Enrico Pieranuzzi, Nathalie Loriers, Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Logan Richardson, Eric Legnini, Dré Pallemaerts, Joe Lovano, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Perico Sambeat, Maria Schneider, ...

He has played in a dozen Belgian bands as a sideman and is currently touring with Antoine Pierre URBEX, Alex Koo Quartet, Mik Maak, Steven Delannoye Brandhaard, Manu Hermia Freetet, Jazz Station Big Band, God Save The Swing, Marco Locurcio Group, Filippo Bianchini quintet and his own projects: his trio and his quintet. This makes him the most sought-after trumpet player in the country, with over 40 albums to his credit.

His latest project under his own name was a new quintet with Romain Pilon (guitar), Nicola Andrioli (piano), Nicolas Thys (double bass) and Antoine Pierre (drums). The repertoire offers lyrical and energetic music. Their debut album “Strange Bird” was released on the Outnote label in November 2019, and was highly praised by the Belgian and French press (a.o. "Choc" in the France based Jazz Magazine). It was also awarded with the Octave de la Musique 2020.

The start of his signature projects goes back to 2013, whe he embarked on a new musical adventure by creating his own trio with Sam Gerstmans on double bass and Antoine Pierre on drums. Their first album, “Wanted” (W.E.R.F. Records, 2013), gave a singular sound in the Belgian jazz landscape and marked the beginning of a beautiful story. The trio is deeply steeped in the jazz tradition but constantly plays with its codes and expands its boundaries, while retaining the elegance and authenticity of its heritage.

Their second album, “Behind The Darkness” (Igloo Records, 2016), is an autobiographical opus that references the trumpeter’s childhood on the slag heaps. It also represents the moments of darkness encountered during his life. The title of the album, however, heralds a positive ending, as Jean-Paul has just turned 30.

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Strange Bird


Strange Bird



Behind The Darkness


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"Jean-Paul Estiévenart est mosaïque dans ses inspirations mais il est unique dans sa musicalité. C'est grand."

Le Soir (BE)

"Estiévenart, die alle muziek schreef, geeft zijn bandleden veel ruimte, maar uiteindelijk maakt hij zelf de grootste indruk: fijne trompettist, sterke composities."

De Standaard (BE)

"An understated soloist, Estievenart’s restrained lyricism reminds me of the American trumpeter Tom Harrell."

Garry Booth, BBC Music Magazine (UK)

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