Photo by Tobias Stahel

At the tender age of 15, Basel (Switzerland) born Jean-Paul Brodbeck was invited by no other than Lionel Hampton to jam onstage. After taking jazz classes with Hans Feigenwinter, he went on to study classical music with Peter Efler (piano) at the Conservatory of Music in Basel, from which he graduated with excellence in 1995 and earned his piano teacher’s diploma.

Since then Brodbeck has proved his stylistic versatility in diverse formations. He was one of the principal founders of the experimental hip-hop group Chapter 12 and has been collaborating on and off with Andy Scherrer, who has considerably contributed to his musical development. From 2007 through 2010, Brodbeck was a member of the quartet headed by renowned Austrian guitar player Wolfgang Muthspiel. 2011 he gained a scholarship of the city of Zürich for a six month stay in New York. These days he works with Johannes Enders's quartet, featuring the drum legend Billy Hart. Brodbeck often performs in trio, works as a sideman in different formations, and teaches in the Jazz Department at the Conservatory of Music in Lucerne, Switzerland. As a Leader he released eight albums.

Brodbeck has performed with such artists as Lionel Hampton, Herbie Mann, Andy Scherrer, David Liebmann, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Nat Su, Nils Wogram, Matthieu Michel, Johannes Enders, Billy Hart, JoJo Mayer, Jochen Rückert, Ben Street, Richie Beirach, Howard Curtis, Feya Faku and Maria Schneider.

His festival appearances include Montreux Jazz-Festival (Miles Davis Hall), Avo-Session Basel, Off-Beat Festival Basel, Langnau Jazz-Nights, Winter- und Sommer Festival Bern, Schaffhauser Jazz-Festival, Generations Frauenfeld, Unerhört Festival Zürich, Jazz Fest Wien, Elb Jazz Festival Hamburg, Joy of Jazz Festival Johannesburg.