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Jacques Pirotton



photo: Jacky Lepage

Guitarist Jacques Pirotton is born in Liège in 1955. He starts playing the guitar aged 14. He initially focuses on rock and blues, but soon gravitates towards jazz/rock.

In 1978 he enrols at the jazz department of the Liège Conservatoire, where he is taught by the likes of Bill Frisell, Serge Lazarévitch, Steve Houben and Michel Herr. Having graduated, his own professional musical career starts in the ‘80s, when he also joins Jacques Pelzer’s band. He spends 12 years accompanying Pelzer on tour, both through Belgium and abroad, as a result of which he found himself playing with big names such as Chet Baker, Barney Wilen, Woody Shaw, Phil Woods, Dave Liebman, ...

In 1984 he records an album with Pelzer and is awarded a Sabam Award for his own album ‘Scarcity’. In 1986 he forms a trio with vibraphone player Dave Pike and Belgian bass player Jean-Louis Rasinfosse. He joins a few other groups in the ‘80s and records a plethora of albums, a number of which receive awards.

In the ‘90s he joins experimental avant-garde group Octurn for a while, with whom he appears on our label.

He remains active as a musician.