Born in Alpes de Haute Provence, Jean-Paul Césari took his first steps in music as a singer in various bands in the south of France while working in a public administration department.
He moved to Paris in 1981 to dedicate himself fully to show business and music. He began working as a backing vocalist for major artists such as Les Forbans, Rika Zaraï, Dick Rivers, Carlos, Nana Mouskouri, and many others during their studio recordings.
In 1982, he released his first single Près de vous, as a singer-songwriter, which encountered great success and led to a series of TV shows. Other singles followed: Comédienne in collaboration with Didier Barbelivien in 1984, Dites-lui in 1986, Veilleur de nuit 1987. His meeting with Carlos brought him into contact with Dorothée and Jean-Luc Azoulay (the A of AB productions). Azoulay invited him to work with them on the launch of the Club Dorothée show.
In 1989, he became the star's personal assistant for nine years, and in addition to his daily shows, he performed at Bercy and around the world.
Around this time, Jean-Luc Azoulay also decided to ask him to record the theme song for the cartoons broadcast on the cult TV show, about twenty of them, including the famous Nicky Larson.
When Dorothée's show came to an end, Jean-Paul picked up his guitar and played a repertoire of songs from the 70s in the Montmartre district where he lived with his family. The success was immediate, and he even found himself hosting major events such as the Telethon and other typical Montmartre festivities.
In 2009, Jean-Luc Azoulay entrusted her with the casting of the show Vous avez du talent on his channel IDF1, presented by Jacky.
In 2019, he was contacted by the casting director for Philippe Lacheau's film Nicky Larson et le parfum de Cupidon to perform an excerpt from the song that has rocked a whole generation. He returned to the studio to re-record a jazz version specifically for the movie.
In 2020, he released a CD with the original versions of his cartoon theme songs. Following its success, a Collector's Vinyl was released in 2023 with previously unreleased material, including the jazz version of Philippe Lacheau's film.
Listen to him on stage at Japan Expo. He'll also give signing sessions.
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