Cappozzo was born in Belfort, France, in 1954.
He started playing the trumpet in the local orchestra of his native town
where he performed both jazz and classical music. Following a meeting
with the diatonic accordionist Serge Desaunay, he started to perform traditional
music as well.
His meeting with Dizzy Gillespie in 1984, who invited him to participate
in his concert, was a turning point in Jean-Luc Cappozzo’s career.
In 1988 he obtained the State Diploma of Professor of Jazz and subsequently
taught trumpet improvisation at the Music School of Lyon (CNSM).
He has taken part in various groups of musicians of the ARFI.
He has been a member of he Louis Sclavis Quintet “L’Affrontement
des Prétendants” and of Claude Tchamitchian’s “Grand
In addition he has played in Sophia Domancich’s Quintet “Pentacle”,
the Denis Fournier Quartet and with Joelle Léandre’s Quintet
“Fragments et suite lyrique”. He has formed a quartet with
Jean Aussanaire, Rémi Charmasson and Bernard Santacruz and created
a musical work “Du Vent chez Johannes” with the Johannes String
Quartet. In 2005 he joined the European Mythical Orchestra: the Globe
Unity Orchestra. He has played with the Apollo Trio and composed duos
with the cellists Joelle Léandre or Eric Brochard, the singer Géraldine
Keller, the drummer Paul Lovens, the tuba player Michel Godard, the pianist
Umberto Petrin and the trumpet players Axel Dorner or Herb Robertson.
For his strength, his creativity, his magnificent sonority, the clarity
of his phrasing, Jean-Luc Cappozzo is today an indispensable trumpet player
on the European musical scene and is in increasing demand.
Jean-Luc Cappozzo, powerful and mellifluous trumpet player, is “a
discreet man who would blush to be labelled one of the most relevant soloists
and the most complete on the French jazz scene. He may blush”.(S.
Siclier, Le Monde 1/08/2002).