Béney was born in October 1969 in France. He studied at the Conservatoire
National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from 1993 to 1996 with
Since his professional
début in 1994, his carrer has been divided between experience
as a sideman, and experience (on more personal level) as composer
and band leader.
As a sideman, he
has played in the bands of Laurent Coq, François Théberge, Belmondo
brothers big band, the big band of Antoine Hervé, and more recently
in the sextet of Yves Léveillé, Effendi Jazzzlab, Auguste Quintet,
or with the singers Aurélia O’Leary and Chrystelle Maechler.
As a leader, Jean-Christophe
has usually prefered the classical quartet format of sax-piano-bass-drums.
The band members have varied between periods. Pierre de Bethmann,
Baptiste Trotignon, Laurent Coq or Steve Amirault on piano; Vincent
Artaud, Clovis Nicolas, Jules Bikôkô bi N'Jami or Gilles Naturel
at the bass; Benjamin Hénocq, Philippe Soirat, Karl Jannuska or
Greg Ritchie on drums have played in his quartet.
lived in Montreal since 2006. He teaches and plays regularly,
most frequently with the quartet in the recording of The Link
(John Roney on piano, Fraser Hollins at the bass and Martin Auguste
on drums). They toured together in France in 2008 and in Western
Canada in 2009. He composed, realized and produced four albums
under his name (Tenor Joke, 1998, Cassiopée, 2002, Polychromy,
2004 and Pop Up, 2007). The Link is his fith one.