Driven by a desire to transmit and defend jazz and improvised music, the musicians Didier Lockwood, Benoit Sourisse, André Charlier and the director Chantal Charlier, create in 2000 this institution of higher education, in order to accompany young musicians to professional life.


As an institution of higher education, the CMDL offers different courses that allow each musician, whatever his level and his path, to find the program that corresponds to his attends. Thanks to the partnerships established with the Pôle Supérieur Paris Boulogne-Billancourt (PSPBB), the University of Evry Val d’Essonne, the CRD Val Maubuée in Noisiel, the National Federation of Schools of Influence Jazz and Contemporary music (FNEIJMA) , the school is authorized to provide initial or continuing professional qualifications. Although private, it applies similar tuition fees to French higher education centers.


Between creation, album releases, scenes and tours, the members of the teaching team share the fruit of their experiences with new generations of musicians. Over a year, the CMDL invites more than 80 professional musicians to complete its team of 10 referent teachers. The visiting professor then brings his own approach according to his path and his sensitivity.


Since international exchanges have become essential in the training of young musicians, the CMDL adheres to the Erasmus Charter and develops partnerships with the most prestigious international music schools.


  • The 1001 NUITS DU JAZZ retrace with music, twice a month and through 100 great evening concerts, the different stages of the epic of jazz in the historical setting of the Bal Blomet. Each of them is punctuated by short presentations of artists, standards, episodes......

  • On December 3 opens the 2019-2020 season of Mardi Jazzy, a jazz meeting in Dammarie-lès-Lys with students from the CMDL. The Smoothie Jazz Quartet will invest the Espace Nino Ferrer stage from 8:30 pm , to deliver a sincere and generous jazz....

  • Students from the Pôle Supérieur Paris-Boulogne Billancourt and the CMDL join forces to pay tribute to The RH Factor for Michaël Cheret’s Vandojam. Led by the incredible Texan trumpet player Roy Hargrove, The RH Factor was able to apprehend, with style and technique, all the......

  • The CMDL is pleased to welcome once again, Perico Sambeat. While touring with his new project Flamenco Cuarteto, he’s coming to CMDL to the students, accompanied by a trio of amazing musicians: Albert Sanz, Miquel Álvarez, and Sergio Martínez. Perico Sambeat Spanish saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist......

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