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Michel Paré

Brussels Jazz Orchestra


(c) Foto: Bruno Bollaert

Trumpet player Michel Paré started taking trumpet lessons at the music academy of Nijvel at the age of seven.

He soon became enraptured with jazz, but continued his classical studies. In 1987 he won the first prize for classical trumpet at the Conservatory of Liège and in 1990 he was awarded the first prize for chamber music and the first prize for music history at the Conservatory of Bergen. A few years later he also won the first prize for jazz trumpet at the Conservatory of Brussels. In 1992 he went to New York where he studied at the Manhattan School with Cecyl Bridgewater, Justin di Cioccio, Phil Woods and Toshiko Akyoshi.

From 1993 to 2004 he was a member of the internationally renowned Brussels Jazz Orchestra. With this he realised several recordings and tours with masters such as Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner, Maria Schneider, Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Woods and Bob Mintzer.

He can also be found in projects such as the Jazz Station Big Band, T-Unit 7, Tuesday Night Orchestra, The Scoreman, etc.