Biography

Jean-marie Corrois, drummer.

Jean-marie started his career in the city of Tours (France) where he performed with the funk African band “Trans African Express” touring in the south of France for the national radio station “Radio Monte Carlo”. Later he joined the Brazilian band Saravah and played all over the country.

In 1985, he moved to Paris to attend the jazz school CIM where he met and performed with jazz musicians. In the same year he joined the compositors Claire Laronde and Nicolas Brasart for three years of concerts in jazz clubs and festivals, meanwhile, he was very active in Paris musical scene as a drummer, performing TV showcases for national artists and recording sessions for singers and instrumentalists.

For the last four years of his career, in France, he was the show band drummer for the singer Ilene Barnes and working for Disneyland Paris at the New York and New Port Hotels.

In 2000, he relocated the United States, joining the Carnival Cruise Ship Show Band as the Big Band and Production Band’s drummer.

In 2001, he started to work in South Florida for Bobby Raminez’s Latin-Jazz band, multiplying private and corporate performances as well as the Moca Jazz Festival and the Fort Lauderdale Jazz festival. For 4 years he remained fully booked as a reliable drummer covering a wide range of styles all over Florida.

In 2004, invited by a Boston jazz musician he moved to New England for a new beginning as a creative musician on the North East Coast.

Achieving successful performances with local musicians, mostly Berklee faculty members, also with the Brazilian band “Maluca” and the “Soul Ambition” band at clubs like Ryles, Johnny Ds to name a few, as well as private and corporate gigs, he finally decided to start his own quartet and went to a recording studio in October 2008 with three of the finest musicians on the East Coast to achieve a CD that is having already great critics in the United States and Europe.

A lot happened since I moved to Boston, did a drums clinic at Berklee School of Music, play at major clubs, like Regatta Bar, Scullers in Boston and Bonafide, Shrines in New York City.

I wanted to share my new addiction, I started to be interested in tabla back to Paris 15 years ago, but never thought I could one day being so into it, I just love this instrument and play it everyday now!

Another project, a jazz trio ” En Route” in the vein of those with Bill Frisell, Mark Johnson, Peter Erskine, John Abercombie, Pat Metheny… with Nick Grondin on guitar and Flavio Lira on bass.

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