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Baptiste Herbin

"Baptiste Herbin does not intend to succeed anyone, nor to eclipse anyone, but simply to play better than everyone and himself" - Michel Contat, Télérama, November 2012

"The beauty of the sound of the saxophone is undoubtedly the first quality that jumps out at the ear the astonishing volubility and technical mastery of its playing is obvious with the simple obviousness of an undoubted talent" - Jean-Pierre Jackson, Classica, November 2012


Nominated to Victoires du Jazz in 2013 thanks to his first album Brother Stoon, Baptiste Herbin has recorded with great musicians: the records of Keith Brown (Sweet and Lovely Space Time Records 2011), Aldo Romano (New Blood: the connection, Dreyfus 2012), Essiet Essiet and Jeff "Tain Watts" (Shona, Space Time 2014) the Fireworks quartet with Jean-Charles Richard, Stéphane Guillaume and Vincent David (2015).

He plays all over the world (Thailand, United States, Italy, Madagascar, England, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland...) and plays with the greatest musicians: Glenn Ferris, Alain Jean-Marie, Ralph Bowen, Donald Brown, Kenny Garrett, Jean Toussaint, Mark Gross, Steve Wilson, James Carter, Gary Smulyan, Marcus Gilmore, Stéphane Belmondo, Archie Shepp, Jean-Michel Pilc, Darryl Hall, Franck Avitabile, Pierrick Pedron, Julien Lourau, Enrico Rava, Eric Legnini, Baptiste Trotignon, Billy Hart, Michael Cheret, Jerry Bergonzi, Stefano Di Battista...

Originally from Chartres, he learnt saxophone with Jean-Louis Mounier, then jazz with Julien Lourau and Jean-Jacques Rulhmann, then Jean-Charles Richard. After graduating from the CNSM in Riccardo Del Fra's jazz class, he met André Ceccarelli in 2010 during his residency at the Duc des Lombards, who took him to the studio to record his first quartet album, Brother Stoon, with Pierre de Bethmann, Sylvain Romano, as well as Jean Toussaint and Dimitri Dourantonis as guests. He opened for Dionne Warwick at the Olympia in November 2012 in a duet with Pierre de Bethmann to present this first album, which was a great success. His second quintet album, Interférences, was released in 2015, with Benjamin Henocq, Maxime Fougères, Sylvain Romano and Renaud Gensane.

Baptiste is also a teacher, and gives master classes all over the world. His music and playing are influenced by Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Ornette Coleman, Maceo Parker, John Coltrane, Malagasy music, but also classical composers such as Debussy, Ravel and Bach.

Photo : © Alain Fontana


Albums (2)

Vista Chinesa
O Brasil do Saxofone
Alto Saxophone
Supreme alto

After 100 years of innovation, design, and manufacturing of the saxophone, Henri SELMER Paris redefines the modern identity of the alto saxophone with the Supreme.

Alto Saxophone
Reference Alto

It is the success of the famous Mark VI model that has widely inspired the design of the Alto Reference. Capable of giving an ample sound while keeping its roundness, characteristic of the historic models. It is a model which combines acoustic tradition and modern manufacturing. It is equipped with a bell slightly longer to open the low notes and produce a better tuning.

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Baptiste Herbin presents 'Vista Chinesa'
The French saxophonist released a few months ago a remarkable fourth album impregnated with Brazilian rhythms. To celebrate this release and as part of the Jazz sur Seine Festival, he will play at the Sunset Sunside on October 9th and 10th.
The Sound and me #10 with Baptiste Herbin
In this new episode, jazzman Baptiste Herbin questions his relationship to sound. How does one acquire a sound? What is the 'Baptiste Herbin' sound? What choices does it involve?
Outings and event
Master sax : stage virtuel de saxophone
Du 4 au 6 décembre 2020, neuf saxophonistes de renom vous proposent des masterclass en ligne ouvertes à tous les passionnés de saxophone, de débutant à professionnel !
Supreme Alto Saxophone, the new era
After 100 years of innovation, design, and manufacturing of the saxophone, Henri SELMER Paris redefines the modern identity of the alto saxophone with the SUPREME. The creation of the Supreme embodies the culmination of centuries of expertise, combined with a perfectly mastered manufacturing process that lives up to the ambitions of the SELMER company.
[VIDEOS] Testimonials from artists who play the Supreme
Released in February 2021, the Supreme is distinguished by its richness of tone, its ease of playing, but also its incomparable accuracy and great projection capacity. It pushes the boundaries of playing and rises above musical aesthetics. Saxophonists from a wide variety of backgrounds share their thoughts on this extraordinary instrument...
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