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Philippe Crettien - Biography
  Philippe Crettien born in the South of France, son of French diplomats grew up mostly in North Africa, USA and England. Raised in a musical family was exposed at a young age to an eclectic styles of music. . Studied piano and settled on the alto saxophone in High school while attending the French Lycee in London. After listening to John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins switch to the tenor saxophone in College. After one year studying Musicology in the Sorbonne University and jazz saxophone at the C.I.M in Paris, attended Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory in Boston. Studied with Andy MGee, Joe Allard, Joe Viola, Charles Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner and Hal Crook. After graduating Berklee College of music landed his first professional gig wiht with Blues Singer Jelly Belly. Since then performed and recorded with Trudy Silver, Bill Lowe, John Medeski, Andy Jaffe, Mario Pavone, Bob Gullotti, Andre Jaume, Rick Pekham, and Dave Zinno among others. Recorded three CD's as a leader with Bill Lowe Philippe Crettien Quintet, "Sunday Train", Philippe Crettien group, "Four Mad Men In La la Land", and MCFC Jazz quartet, "Relatively Out there". Artistic director of the Toulon International jazz festival and director of the Toulon Jazz festival workshops 1991-2000. Currently, Jazz band director the Rivers school and Jazz chair at the Rivers school Conservatory.