Jean Toussaint

Born in the Caribbean,Toussaint grew up in St Thomas, the St Thomas of Rollins, and started playing sax in high school. After high school Toussaint attended the prestigious Berklee College of music in Boston USA. While at Berklee, Toussaint was mentored by the great saxophonist/educator Billy Pierce. It was Pierce who recommended Toussaint to replace him in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982. He stayed with the Messages for four and a half years, receiving international exposure. Toussaint finally settled in London UK in the late eighties and has been a positive presence on the rich UK/European jazz scene since.

He splits his time with live performances at festivals, clubs, concert halls everywhere and teaching and mentoring up and coming musicians in an effort to help keep jazz music alive.

His newly released 11th CD JT Allstar 6tet “Brother Raymond” is available and received glowing reviews in all the Jazz press.

Toussaint and band did an extensive 25 dates UK tour between September and December 2018 to promote the CD. The tour culminated in a live recording at the Jazz Cafe in London on the 12th of December 2018 which is currently being prepared for future release. The CD has also been nominated in the album of the year category on the Jazz FM awards. Toussaint also received a nomination in the instrumentalist of the year category.