Trần Mạnh Tuấn is one of the most prominent jazz saxophonists in Vietnam and will be the featured performer, along with his big jazz band, onstage at our 2016 Bourbon Street Jazz & Blues Festival.
In 2002, he moved from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and has taught at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory. He is also a composer, arranger and producer.
He is from a musical family; his father, mother, and sister are all performers of cải lương, a traditional musical theater form of southern Vietnam. He began playing the saxophone in 1979 and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He has released five solo CDs and has performed and recorded with several Vietnamese pop singers. He is also known for his interpretations of the songs of Trịnh Công Sơn.
At various occasions, Trần Mạnh Tuấn has perform with a number of well known musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Derek Nash, Lillian Boutte, Charlie Bisharat, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Hans Dulfer, Fulvio Albano, Rob Mullins, Mike Del Frerro, John Ferguson, Stephan Eicher, Co Co York, Jennifer Ryan, Mezcal Jazz Unit, Dana Leong, Denis Mininfield.
In 2005 he opened the Sax n’ Art jazz club in Ho Chi Minh City. In 2005-2007, Tuấn was involved in Tim Gió, a musical and cultural exchange project between Vietnam and France. The project involved the French jazz band Mezcal Jazz Unit, Trần Mạnh Tuấn as well as other Vietnamese folk musicians like Cao Ho Nga, Nguyen Thu Thy, Nguyen Anh Tran. A CD entitled Tim Gió was released in 2006.