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Jacques Schwarz-Bart

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Jacques Schwarz-Bart (born December 22, 1962 in Les Abymes) is a New York based jazz saxophonist. His mother is the Guadeloupean novelist Simone Schwarz-Bart, author of The Bridge of Beyond. His father was French Jewish author Andre Schwarz-Bart. The two published a joint novel, Un plat de porc aux bananes vertes, in 1967. The family traveled widely, living in Senegal, Switzerland, and Goyave, Guadeloupe. Jacques Schwarz-Bart is dubbed “Brother Jacques” and his music has incorporated rhythm and blues as well as hip hop influences.[1]

His musical path is atypical. At age four, he was offered a Gwoka drum, and Anzala (one of the all time greats along with Velo and Carnot), showed him how to play the seven fundamental rhythms -Toumblak, Graj, Lewoz, Kalagya, Padjanbel, Mende, Woulé.

At age six, while living in Switzerland, he discovers Jazz music through his best friend’s dad record collection. Fascinated, he self teaches the guitar by playing along with records. By age eleven, he sat in with the players of the local Lausanne scene, but soon after, his family relocated in Guadeloupe. There, without a jazz scene, he concentrated on his studies, most notably at the prestigious School of Government called Sciences Po, and eventually landed a job as a Senator’s assistant in Paris. At twenty-four he appeared poised for a more conventional success, until by chance he tried a friend’s tenor saxophone. He practiced between his long hours at the Senate, and three years later, he abandoned his nascent career to attend Berklee School of Music.

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  • SoulJazzsterInc

    Only 905 listeners? How is this possible???

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • gregov2007

    Moi aussi !! Vivement le prochain CD début avril je l'attends avec impatience

    10 Apr 2010 Reply
  • deweysax

    J'ADOOOOOOOORE depuis le tout début !!!!! RISE ABOVE !!!

    3 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Vhien

    Brotha Jacques is amazing. Simply put.

    17 Feb 2010 Reply

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