Jacques Schwarz-Bart

Jacques Schwarz-Bart has been at the center of several musical revolutions: Neo Soul next to D’angelo and Erika Badu, New Jazz as a founding member of Roy Hargrove RH Factor. He is a leading pioneer in the creation of two surging new styles: Gwoka Jazz, and Voodoo jazz, reuniting jazz music with its Afro-Caribbean and spiritual origins. Jacques’ impressionistic writing, powerful tone, and wide-ranging language – both lyrical and angular – have fueled a growing presence on the world stage. His 2020 release, Sone Ka La 2/Odyssey, revisits his Guadeloupean roots and confirms his nickname as the “saxophone colossus of the Caribbeans”.

In November of 2021 JSB recorded the Harlem Suite, his 11th album. The compositions, qualified as “Soulful and timeless” (Downbeat Magazine), reflect his journey as a jazz player coming from the minuscule Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe, to the highest peaks of the legendary New York scene. It was released on the Ropeadope label in March 2023 and features such luminaries as Terri Lyne Carrington, Marcus Gilmore, Sullivan Fortner, Victor Gould, Matt Penman.