Welcome

Welcome to my website! 

      I am a freelance saxophonist/flutist, drummer, composer and bandleader based in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in R&B, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Latin, New Orleans and related styles.

   I just returned from a magical 10 weeks as Artist-in-Residence at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM, where I worked on new material in preparation for recording the first album with my octet, JAZZphoria (see link above.) We play all original groove based music from Swing, to Bebop, Reggae, Funk, Bossa Nova, Soca and Salsa. The band is comprised of two trumpets/flugelhorns, two saxe/flutes/clarinetss, guitar, piano, bass & drums.  All our arrangements feature big band style harmonies, great jazz solos and are backed up by a rock solid rhythm section.  I'm about to add new videos from our last gig at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA.

   My R&B cover band, The Party Monsters  (see link above,)  loves to entertain at outdoor festivals and private parties all over the Bay Area.

     I am ever grateful to the Ucross Foundation in WY, the Anderson Center for the Arts in MN, The Studios of Key West, FL, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in WY, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in NE, Escape to Create in FL, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation for the Arts in NM,  for the gifts of space and time to write among so many amazing visual and literary artists.

     My career has taken me worldwide, recording and touring with David Bowie, Luther Vandross, Laura Nyro, Melba Liston, Chic, Bo Diddley and many others. I have been fortunate to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Grammys in Los Angeles, the Monterey, San Francisco, San Jose and many other jazz festivals, including Montreux, Pori (Finland), the Netherlands, Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco and many other exciting places.

     I love composing, and I'm honored that the Montclair Women's Big Band is recording four of my original compositions for our upcoming second album. 

     Working with many different ensembles keeps me on my toes. In addition to playing tenor saxohone and flute with the Montclair Women's  Big Band, I perform regularly with The Party Monsters (drums with my 5-piece party cover band), The Bonafides (sax with a New Orleans R&B quintet), JAZZphoria (sax/flute with original octet), the Dennis Croda Septet (drums), and Jazz Kleztet (drums), among others. 

     I teach at the the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA, where I also direct two annual camps: Girls' Jazz & Blues Camp and Women's Jazz & Blues Camp. I also serve on the Board of the non-profit Jazzwomen and Girls Advocates.

      Thanks for looking, and I hope to see you around the Bay soon!  Cheers, Jean