Jean Chaumont Group in Concert (Online)
“Exquisite”, “enchanting”, “unexpected and remarkable”, French guitarist Jean Chaumont’s music is intentional, candid, and filled with layers of beautiful complexity. His acclaimed 2018 release “The Beauty of Differences” was named one of Downbeat magazine’s Best Albums of 2018 and features a smartly curated collection of fresh and original music and an impressive roster of collaborators. One of the freshest jazz voices and players in Seattle, Chaumont brings his quintet to BIMA on October 23rd.
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About Jean Chaumont Group
A guitarist and composer of uncommon depth and purpose, both musically and socially, Jean Chaumont has emerged as a formidable presence on the international jazz scene. Born in France, he relocated to Princeton, New Jersey in late 2014 and promptly began work on his debut album The Beauty of Differences, featuring world-class drummer Rudy Royston and eight-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton.
Playing a close-miked Eastman hollow-body guitar (with subtle amplification) as well as steel- and nylon-string acoustic guitars, Chaumont summons a strikingly crisp and warm sound and imbues his compositions with a bountiful lyricism, intricacy and rhythmic propulsion. On The Beauty of Differences he shines at the helm of a core band with Royston, pianist Michael Bond, saxophonist Sam Sadigursky and bassist Ike Sturm. Co-producing the album with Enoch Smith, Jr., noted pianist and founder of Misfitme music label, Chaumont devoted the proceeds to the nonprofit Villages In Partnership, with funds earmarked to provide clean and accessible water for the people of Malawi Sakata region, in southeatstern Africa.
Chaumont studied guitar with Serge Merlaud, Michel Perez and most recently the masterful Peter Bernstein. Under the wing of Bernard Maury (a student of Nadia Moulanger), he became fascinated with the science of chords and modes. His interest in composition grew and led him to refine his skills with Pierre Bertrand and Sylvain Beauf. He has been an active member of the quintet Goud (featuring Josiah Woodson) and the duo Tema (with pianist Guiseppe de GRegorio), projects that were documented on the EPs Firstep and Glucose. Chaumont has always shared the stage with Fiona Monbet, Armel Dupas, Karl Jannuska and the Plumes Ensemble. He has been featured in festivals and venues such as Jazz at Saint Germain des pres, Charlie Jazz Destival, Jazz at Vannes, Pleyel, the Olympia and the Stade de France.
Jean has also been commissioned for production, arrangements, composition and film scoring, including the full-length documentary “Le Bonheur en Suspens,” which was broadcast on French national television.