President of the Jury
Originally from Chartres, Baptiste Herbin undertook the study of the saxophone with Jean-Louis Mounier, devoting himself to jazz music under the guidance of Julien Lourau, Jean-Jacques Rulhmann and, later, of Jean-Charles Richard. After being a pupil of Riccardo Del Fra at the Paris Conservatory, he entered the vibrant jazz scene of the French capital.
Here he met André Ceccarelli, during his sessions at the Duc des Lombards jazz club. Together they recorded the album Brother Stoon, in quartet with Pierre de Bethmann and Sylvain Romano, also hosting Jean Toussaint and Dimitri Dourantonis. His second album entitled Interférences – in quintet with Benjamin Henocq, Maxime Fougères, Sylvain Romano and Renaud Gensane – was released in 2015. On the album Dreams and connection (2016), recorded with Ali Jackson, Darryl Hall and Eduardo Farias resonate persuasive Brazilian atmospheres. His music and style are influenced by Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Ornette Coleman, Maceo Parker, John Coltrane, traditional music of Madagascar, but also by classical composers such as Debussy, Ravel and Bach.
In November 2012 Herbin played for Dionne Warwick at the Olympia in Paris, as well as collaborating with Keith Brown in Sweet and Lovely (2011), with Aldo Romano in New Blood (2012), with Jeff “Tain” Watts and Manuel Valera. in Shona (2014), with Vincent David, Jean-Charles Richard and Stéphane Guillaume in Fireworks (2015), with the Francis Lockwood Quartet in Minton’s Blues (2018).
Today Baptiste is also dedicated to teaching, holding master classes all over the world. In addition to his country he has performed in Belgium, Germany, England, Italy, Madagascar, United States, Switzerland, Thailand etc. along with a number of first-rate musicians such as Glenn Ferris, Alain Jean-Marie, Ralph Bowen, Donald Brown, Kenny Garrett, Jean Toussaint, Mark Gross, Steve Wilson, James Carter, Gary Smulyan, Marcus Gilmore, Stéphane Belmondo, Archie Shepp, Jean-Michel Pilc, Darryl Hall, Franck Avitabile, Pierrick Pedron, Julien Lourau, Enrico Rava, Eric Legnini, Trotignon, Billy Hart, Michael Chéret, Jerry Bergonzi, Stefano di Battista.
He accompanied Charles Aznavour until his last concerts.