Jobic Le Masson was born in France in 1968 and started his musical education at the age of 7 at the Conservatory. Age sixteen he moved to the US on his own and attended the Greenwich High School in Connecticut where he studied music theory and composition. In 1987 he attended the Berklee School of Music and returned to Paris after graduating in 1990.

Besides his activity as a teacher, Jobic dedicates his time to composing, arranging and performing. He has been part of many projects and recordings with musicians Arnaud Sacase, Gwen Sampé, Benjamin Duboc, Didier Lasserre, Aldridge Hansberry, Sebastien Buchholz, Christine Flowers, MJ Williams, Longineu Parsons.

From 2006 on, he has been performing in trio with Peter Giron and John Betsch (HILL, 2008, Enja).

Since 2012, Steve Potts has been a regular member added to the trio (album SONG to come out in october 2016, Enja).

Jobic has also preformed with JJ Elangué, François Thébèrge, Rick Margitza, Jon Handelsman, JC Montredon, CA Barry, Harry Swift, Daryl Hall, Ichiro Onoe, Felipe Cabrera, Simon Goubert, Ursuline Kairson, Makoto Sato, Jo Ann Pickens, Mark Sims, Antoine Paganotti, Lucien Johnson, Daniel Erdman, Thomas Kpade, Jeff Bouderau, Michael Felberbaum, Karl Januska, Jean-François Pauvros, Sylvain Guérineau, Benoit Raffin, Gilbert Roggi, Abdelhaï Bennani, JL Guillonet, Rasul Siddik, Amy Gamlen, Alexandra Grimal, Marcus Huholt, Jean-Jacques Avenel.... with musicians passing thru Paris such as Sarah Morrow, Corey Wilkes, Roy Campbell, Hanah Jon Taylor, Jeri Brown…. poets Barry Wallenstein, Steve Dalachinsky....

 






Bronx born American, Peter Giron has been living in France with his wife and two children since 1989. Playing string and electric bass, Peter has toured the world with Luther Allison and was on Kurt Elling’s European tour from 2001 to 2003. He also toured with Bernard Allison and took part in his album “Next Generation”. In 2004, he became a part of the “American All Stars” band with Sarah Marrow, Hal Singer, Rhoda Scott and John Betsch, and in 2005 joined the “Sarah Marrow And The American All Stars In Paris” and the “Jobic Le Masson Trio”.

Recently appointed dean of The American School Of Modern Music In Paris where he has taught harmony, music theory and bass since 1989, he also co-ordinates international and European jazz school meetings with Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Betty Carter and Freddie Hubbard among others. Through his collaboration in yearly meetings with the directing staff at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, he has worked with  as Johnny Griffin, Steve Swallow, Steve Lacy, Gary Burton, and Rick Margitza.

 






John Betsch was born on October 8, 1945 in Jacksonville, Florida. His mother was a church organist and pianist; his older sister a dramatic soprano singer. John began playing drums in the school orchestra at the age of nine. At age 18, while still a student at Fisk University (Nashville, Tenn.), he began playing professionally with pianists Bob Holmes, Ernest Vantrease, and trumpeter Louis Smith. John studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and the University of Massachusetts Amherst under Max Roach and Archie Shepp. He has taught at UMASS and in the state prison education programs. In 1975 he moved to New York City where he played with Roland Alexander, Dewey Redman, the Paul Jeffrey octet; vocalists Jeanne Lee, Abbey Lincoln, and the Ted Daniel big band. He toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Africa, notably with Max Roach (Newport 1974), Dewey Redman (1979), Kalaparusha (Berliner Jazztage 1976), Adullah Ibrahim (1979), the Klaus Konig Orchestra and Steve Lacy.

Since moving to Europe in 1985, where he is now based, John has participated in recordings and tours with saxophonists Mike Ellis, Hal Singer and Jim Pepper; vocalists Ozay, Jeanne Lee and Annette Lowman; pianists Mal Waldron, Alain Jean-Marie, Claudine François, Jobic Le Masson and Kirk Lightsey. He has toured Japan with Steve Lacy, Mal Waldron, Eric Watson and Michel Sardaby.