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Julien Brunetaud began playing the piano at the tender age of twelve. Self-taught, he played his first professional concert at sixteen, opening for Magic Slim at the Blues Station in France. After catching the eye of fellow French countryman, Nico Wayne Toussaint, he began touring the jazz festival circuit in Europe, working with the likes of Dana Gillespie, Keith B. Brown, Mojo Buford, John Primer and Louisiana Red, to name a few.
Influenced by the music of Ray Charles, Nat King Cole and Red Garland, Brunetaud created his own band, JB Boogie, performing both vocals and piano. The subsequent album «Live au Comptoir» recorded in Bordeaux won the award of Best Debut Album in 2003.
Brunetaud’s rise continued when he won the award for Best European Pianist in 2005 and began touring in the United States. Playing in Cincinnati, Tucson as well as the New Orleans’ Jazz Heritage Festival, Brunetaud’s notoriety reached the ears of B.B King. Brunetaud opened for the living legend in his club, the Ebony, in Indianola, Mississippi. In November 2005, he performed with Chuck Berry at the Elysee Montmartre in Paris.
In 2006, Brunetaud was a finalist in Memphis’ International Blues Challenge where he represented France in a solo performance. Shortly after, he played in Chicago’s Blues Festival in tribute to Roosevelt Sykes. He later returned to Paris and recorded a new album with guest musician Leroy Jones. Months later he was invited by American clarinet player Evan Christopher to play in his quintet and record an album.
Brunetaud’s participation in the not-for-profit Mustique Blues Festival for past 7 years has illustrated his fondness for charity giving and philanthropic endeavors. He received the «Artist of the Year» award in 2008 bestowed by the French Hot Club for his album «Orleans Street Boogie», recorded in New Orleans and produced by George H Buck, Jr. under the Jazzology/ Southland label.
Always on an upward path, Brunetaud signed with Fremeaux and Associates in 2009 for «Look Like Twins». This album began reflecting his versatility as a modern composer, combining the blues tradition with many other influences in contemporary music.
More recently in 2010, he performed with Joe Louis Walker in Europe. Later that year, he showcased his talent behind the stage, producing and coordinating concerts in St Barth involving artists such as Keb Mo, India Arie, Macy Gray, Ali Shaheed and Bill Sims.
Today Julien Brunetaud is working on a new album and touring worldwide.