French double bass player Jean-Jacques Avenel is self-taught and made his professional debut as a musician in 1972, alongside singer Colette Magny and American Steve Waring.
In the ‘70s he was active on the Paris new free jazz scene, where he played with Noah Howard, the Frank Wrights Quartet and pianist François Tusques’ Intercommunal Free Dance Music Orchestra.
He joined Steve Lacy’s quintet in the early ‘80s and has been a permanent musical accomplice since. Together, they have recorded over 20 albums. In the ‘90s he often worked with David Murray. He has also worked with the likes of Don Cherry, Richard Gailliano, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Paul Bley, and many others.