Philippe Crettien Trio

Saturday - August, 28 @ 8:00pm


Philippe Crettien - Sax
Barry Smith - Bass
Mike Connors - Drums

Philippe Crettien, born in the South of France, son of French diplomats grew up primarly in North Africa, The United States and England. Raised in a musical family was exposed at a young age to an eclectic array of music. Studied piano and the alto saxophone in High school while attending the French Lycee in London. After listening to John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins switched to the tenor saxophone.

Attended Berklee College of Music and earned a BA in Professional music. Studied with Andy MGee, Joe Allard, Joe Viola, Charles Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner and Hal Crook.

After graduating Berklee College of music performed and recorded with Blues Singer Jelly Belly, Trudy Silver, Bill Lowe, John Medeski, Andy Jaffe, Mario Pavone, Bob Gullotti, Andre Jaume, Rick Pekham, and Dave Zinno among others. Recorded three CD’s as a leader. Artistic director of the Toulon International jazz festival and director of the Toulon Jazz festival workshops 1991-2000.

Currently, jazz band director at The Rivers School in Weston MA, and Jazz chair at The Rivers School Conservatory.

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Upcoming Events

Irish Session

Wednesday, October 5th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Maine Middle Eastern Ensemble

Thursday, October 6th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Darlin’ Corey

Friday, October 7th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Yellow House Blues Band

Friday, October 7th

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Carl Dimow Quartet

Saturday, October 8th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Tuesday, October 11th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM


650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Mon: 5PM-11PM
Tues: 6PM-12AM
Wed: 5PM-12AM
Thurs: 5PM-12AM
Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
Sun: 4PM-10PM

Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.