“…Singer Pauline Jean, one of the “Grandes Dames De La Musique Haitienne,”
or Great Ladies of Haitian Music (Ralph Boncy). “The deeply soulful and
melodious voice of Haitian-American singer Pauline Jean delights
audiences at home and abroad, perfectly capturing her creole background
and love of classic jazz music with tunes and arrangements of her own
— Kreol Magazine
Haitian-American vocalist, composer, and arranger, PAULINE JEAN, is a performing artist whose distinctive contralto has caught the attention of audiences young and old. Jean brings a refreshing sound to today’s music, creating an erudite blend of worldly jazz that draws from her Creole roots and integrates modern and traditional inflections. She has received considerable press globally from leading media publications such as DownBeat, Jazzwise, All About Jazz, Afropop Worldwide, Jazz Magazine and many more.
Jean has been featured as a performer and bandleader at numerous prestigious festivals around the globe such as the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Port-au-Price Jazz Festival, Martinque Jazz Festival, and many more, and has appeared in Barbados, The Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Haiti, Israel, Lebanon, Nevis Island, Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the US Virgin Islands. She has also collaborated with esteemed literary artist, Edwidge Danticat, and distinguished performers Denis Matsuev, the Ivanov Brothers, Emeline Michel, and Wyclef Jean, among others.
In 2016, Jean released her sophomore album entitled NWAYO (pronounced n-wah-yo). The recording is laden with intricate rhythms and rich textures and showcases a diverse repertoire that is not often captured in a single album. Through her vivid compositions and arrangements, the project passionately reveals Jean’s personal narrative and explores the fusion between tradition and modernity by blending jazz inferences with Haitian rhythms and tonalities. The recording also prominently features her stellar ensemble that includes: Obed Calvaire, Godwin Louis, Jean Caze, Alex Laugart, Jonathan Michel, Markus Schwartz and Jean Mary Brignol. Jean is currently performing within the U.S. and abroad in support of her new release.