Jocelyn Ménard

A saxophonist as well as a composer and an arranger, Jocelyn Ménard is originally from Canada. After studying in Montreal and New York (George Coleman), he then plays with Jean Beaudet, jan Fréchette, Rémi Bolduc, etc…and participates to many festivals. In 1988 he settles in Guadeloupe (F.W.I) and starts teaching. He plays with André Condouant, Happy Lewis, Christian Amour, Charlie Chomereau-Lamotte, creates several big band projects (Big Band Mavounzy, Gwadloup Big Band…) and some for smallest bands (Men Art Jazz 4tet, An’nax, Guanada…) with Normand Deveault, Raymond Grego, Raymond d’Huy, Dominique Bérose etc. On top of his many participations to Caribbean Jazz Cds, he produces his first album « Men art Work’s » in 2001 with Alain Jean Marie’s participation. In 1997, he opens his own music school which hosts up to a dozen teachers. He also participates to Rico Toto’s electro-ka project, performed by Mario Canonge and Paul Lay, and gets involved in theatre and music creations with Gilbert Laumord. Over the last few years he developed a sextet and a big band version of Gwanada, and presented it at Pointe-à-Pitre Jazz Festival in 2007 with Michel Cusson’s participation. His original compositions are gathered on Terre Mère, his latest album released in December 2012 and recorded in Paris, Guadeloupe and Montréal.