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About Jean-Pierre Leduc


Born in Rome, Italy, to Canadian parents, Jean-Pierre Leduc is an award-winning record producer, bassist, consultant, manager and agent based in Montreal and New York. Raised in Montreal and Toronto and fluently bilingual, his musical path was forged at the Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto, and at the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, where he completed the Advanced Studies in Music program.

Leduc’s background as a professional musician has enabled him to bring a fresh perspective to many areas of the music business: as A&R and International Director for Justin Time Records; as a producer in studio; as an agent and manager, and as a freelance consultant.

As an artist manager and agent, Leduc’s musical knowledge has informed and guided his decision-making in the careers of such top musicians as the late great Hank Jones; drummer Alvin Queen (Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver); highly sought-after bassist George Mraz (Stan Getz, Chet Baker); and violinist Billy Bang, whose acclaimed recording, "Vietnam: The Aftermath" Leduc produced.

During his two decade period at Justin Time, Leduc oversaw recordings by some of music's most illustrious names, including David Murray, R&B legend Fontella Bass and pianist Oliver Jones. In 2005 he was nominated in the Down Beat Critics Poll as one of the Best Jazz Record Producers, and in 2010 the Hank Jones recording he produced was nominated for a Grammy.

As a double bassist, Jean-Pierre performs with the Ensemble Sinfonia de Montréal, conducted by Louis Lavigueur.

Lunched, Leduc’s own company, was created in 2007 to focus on artist management, booking and consulting. Its roster includes living legends Jimmy Cobb and Sheila Jordan; Grammy-winning keyboardist and producer Jason Miles; saxophonists David Murray and Bob Mover; pianists Steve Kuhn and Johnny O'Neal; trumpeters Russell Gunn and Itamar Borochov; and drum icon Ginger Baker.

Jean-Pierre Leduc joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 14, 2011