Jean-Pierre Catoul

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Jean-Pierre Catoul (born August 14, 1963 in Huy (Belgium) , † January 22, 2001 ) was a Belgian jazz violinist . According to Allmusic , he mixed jazz with rock music .

Live and act

Catoul began taking violin lessons at the age of six. Two years later he was voted one of the best young talents on the television show Feu Vert . In 1984 he won a first prize at the Conservatory of Liege , where he also harmony studied and played as a soloist in the Youth Symphony Orchestra. Influenced by Stéphane Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty , he turned to jazz and received lessons from Steve Houben , Richard Rousselet and Michel Herr . In 1985 he formed his first band, Equation, with Éric Legnini . The following year he began to accompany the French pop singer William Sheller ; He also recorded with the Act Big Band of Félix Simtaine and Michel Herr. In the next few years he worked as a studio musician for Niagara , Barbara , Stefan Eicher , but also performed regularly with Didier Lockwood . Since 1988 he has led his own band with Xavier Tribolet, Francis Charlier, W. Nsita and Yves Baibay, with whom he recorded his first own record in 1990. He also played in a duo with Stéphane Grappelli from time to time. Since 1992 he has given more concerts at festivals, including with Toots Thielemans , Jacques Pelzer and Philip Catherine . Other albums followed with bands he directed with Charles Loos and Peter Hertmans. He has also appeared with Yehudi Menuhin , L. Subramaniam , Robert Plant and Jimmy Page (for whom he also arranged), Jozef Dumoulin , Fabrice Alleman and Pirly Zurstrassen. In the bands One Shot and True Story he played with Charlie Mariano , Ivan Paduart and Nathalie Loriers .

Catoul died as a result of a traffic accident.

Prizes and awards

In 1989 he received the Sax Award from the Belgian jazz critics as the most promising young musician.

Discographic notes

  • Modern Gardens (1990)
  • Import-Export (1992)
  • Gwenaël Micault / Jean-Pierre Catoul Other Worlds (1994)
  • Charles Loos / Jean-Pierre Catoul Summer Winds (1997)
  • Jean-Pierre Catoul / Peter Hertmans Restless (1999, with Michel Herr, Michel Hatzigeorgio, Bruno Castellucci )

Lexical entry

  • Émile Henceval: Dictionnaire du jazz à Bruxelles et en Wallonie . Liège: Pierre Mardaga, 1991.

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