Gregoire Maret was born in 1975 in Geneva, Switzerland and began playing the Harmonica at age 17. His childhood was filled with a diverse array of musical influences from his Harlem born, African-American mother and his Swiss father,
a local jazz musician.
Upon graduating from the prestigious Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Geneve, Gregoire made the critical decision to move to New York City to pursue Jazz studies at the New School University. Over time Maret honed his craft, becoming one of the most sought after Harmonica players in the world. He has developed his own unique sound and his versatile style enables him to play effortlessly across different musical genres. He is often compared to legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder and has been sought out to play with an incredible number of famous musicians including Youssn'Dour, Me' Shell Ndegeocello, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn, George Benson, Cassandra Wilson...
In 2005, Gregoire toured with the Pat Metheny Group, receiving a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. He also won the Jazz Journalists Association Player of the Year Award'. After his Grammy win, Maret embarked on a two-year tour with the world- class bassist Marcus Miller and subsequently joined Herbie Hancock's band.
After spending years on the road and consistently meeting with success, Maret was asked by his sponsor, Suzuki Harmonica to assist in creating his own Gregoire Maret G-48 and G-48W Signature Chromatic Harmonica series. He provided critical advice on the materials used as well as other intricate aspects, thus contributing to the production of high quality instruments of which all participants are proud of today.
Maret continues to record and tour with notable musicians and co-leads the trio Gaia, with pianist Federico Gonzales Pena and drummer Gene Lake. Most recently, in May 2010, Gregoire Maret played at The Concert for the Rainforest with
Elton John and Sting.
Furthermore Gregoire has recorded a duo album with Andy Milne entitled Scenarios and he is currently working on his
first solo album.
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Gregoire Maret Quartet 'Lucilla's Dream' @ musig-im-ochsen. Muri
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Over the course of the past decade, Gregoire Maret has emerged as a unique and compelling new voice across a wide spectrum of the modern jazz world. That his chosen instrument - the harmonica - is a relative rarity in the genre is one element in his singular sound, but far from the whole explanation. After all, the extensive list of heavy-hitters who have enlisted him for their own projects is unparalleled: Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, and Marcus Miller are some of his most prominent employers, none of whom have the patience to employ novelty for novelty's sake. His guest appearances on recording sessions and concert stages expand that list to even more jaw-dropping proportions: Raul Midon, Jimmy Scott, John Ellis, Jacky Terrasson, Richard Bona, Sean Jones, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kurt Elling, Lionel Loueke, Mike Stern, and Charlie Hunter have all made use of Maret's unmatched palette of color. More recently, he's worked alongside some of the biggest names in music, including Elton John, Sting, and Prince.
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2017 JJA Jazz Awards Nominees were chosen by the votes of Jazz Journalists Association members. Nominations were made on the basis of work done in calendar year 2016, with the exception of Lifetime Achievement Awards categories, in which nominations are for a lifetime body of work. Members and others were able to submit their own work for consideration in the Photo of the Year category; a committee of JJA Members chose the nominees in that category from among the submissions. Winners of the 2017 JJA Jazz Awards in all categories will be determined by the votes of JJA Professional Journalist Members; and will be announced on May 15.
Gregoire Maret picks up 2017 JJA nom for 'Player Of The Year Of Instruments Rare In Jazz'(Harmonica)
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Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards for Music and Recording and congratulations to Crossover Media Artist - Gregoire Maret winning for ‘Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz of the Year.'
Gregoire Maret (harmonica) is a finalist nominees for the 2014 JJA Jazz Awards.
Nominees in most categories were chosen by the votes of the Professional Journalist Members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Nominations were made on the basis of work done in calendar year 2013, with the exception of Lifetime Achievement Awards categories, in which nominations are for a lifetime body of work. Members and others were able to submit their own work for consideration in the Photo of the Year and Best Shortform Video of the Year categories; committees of JJA Members chose the nominees in those categories from among the submissions. NOMINEES FOR JAZZ MUSIC AWARDS
1) LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN JAZZ
Muhal Richard Abrams
2) MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Wadada Leo Smith
3) UP AND COMING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Cecile McLorin Salvant
4) COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Darcy James Argue
5) ARRANGER OF THE YEAR
Darcy James Argue
6) RECORD OF THE YEAR
Without a Net (Blue Note) Wayne Shorter Quartet
WomanChild (Mack Avenue) Cecile McLorin Salvant
Chants (ECM) Craig Taborn Trio
7) HISTORICAL RECORD OF THE YEAR
Jack DeJohnette Special Edition Boxed Set (ECM)
Miles Live in Europe 1969 (Columbia Legacy)
Clifford Jordan Complete Strata East Recordings (Mosaic)
8) RECORD LABEL/PLATFORM OF THE YEAR
9) LARGE ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR
Darcy James Argue Secret Society
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Mingus Big Band
10) MIDSIZE ENSEMBLE
Jamie Baum Septet
Steve Coleman & Five Elements
Wayne Shorter Quartet
11) TRIO OR DUO
Craig Taborn Trio
Randy Weston-Billy Harper
Vijay Iyer Trio
12) MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
13) FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Cecile McLorin Salvant
14) TRUMPETER OF THE YEAR
15) TROMBONIST OF THE YEAR
16) MULTI-REEDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
17) ALTO SAXOPHONIST OF THE YEAR
18) TENOR SAXOPHONIST OF THE YEAR
(Sonny Rollins named Emeritus, Beyond Voting in 2013)
19) BARITONE SAXOPHONIST OF THE YEAR
20) SOPRANO SAXOPHONIST OF THE YEAR
Jane Ira Bloom
21) FLUTIST OF THE YEAR
22) CLARINETIST OF THE YEAR
23) GUITARIST OF THE YEAR
24) PIANIST OF THE YEAR
25) KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dr. Lonnie Smith
26) BASSIST OF THE YEAR
27) VIOLINIST/VIOLIST/CELLIST OF THE YEAR
28) PERCUSSIONIST OF THE YEAR
29) MALLETS INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
30) TRAPS DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
31) PLAYER OF INSTRUMENTS RARE IN JAZZ
Bela Fleck (banjo)
Gary Versace (accordion)
Gregoire Maret (harmonica)
Scott Robinson (winds, reeds, Theremin)
32) ELECTRONICS PLAYER
George E. Lewis
After years as one of the most in-demand sidemen for jazz (and beyond), jazz harmonica musician Gregoire Maret makes his highly anticipated first statement as a leader with his long-awaited, self-titled debut. Maret has redefined the role of the harmonica in the modern music industry through his work with musicians Elton John, Sting, and Prince, finding fresh pathways through a remarkable variety of styles. The gorgeous, lyrical album opens up a wealth of possibilities for the underutilized jazz harmonica, encompassing the diversity of Maret's influences and experiences to date but retaining a unified sound with accents from jazz, soul, and Brazilian music. "There's a lot about this record that is about my past to where I am now," Maret says. "I wanted to acknowledge not just who I am but how I came to be what I am now." The self-titled album is a symbolic acknowledgement of Maret's decision to make his mark as a solo artist who is putting the jazz harmonica in the spotlight.