French Quarter 2015: The Best of French Jazz Returns to New York

FRENCH QUARTER The Best of French Jazz in New York
January 12th – 14th, 2015 

3 Nights of Music at 10 Showcases with over 40 of the best French Jazz Musicians
Smalls Jazz Club | Joe’s Pub | Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Announcing the 2015 French Quarter Lineup:

Pierrick Pedron | Marian Badoi | Julien Alour Quartet | Olivier Bogé | Yonathan Avishai| Cedric Hanriot | Grégory Privat/Sonny Troupé | Jean-Michel Pilc | René Urtreger | Airelle Besson/ Nelson Veras

Following a successful debut at Smalls Jazz Club in January 2014, French Quarter returns to New York in January 2015 alongside APAP, globalFEST, and Winter Jazz Fest to celebrate the recent international resurgence of the French jazz scene with 40+ musicians in 10 showcases at three of the NYC’s most storied venues: Smalls, Joe’s Pub, and Dizzy’s.

Paris Jazz Club, with the support of its partners SACEM, la Ville de Paris, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, Institut Français, and Bureau Export have chosen a varied and exciting lineup of the most promising French jazz acts, from gypsy music (Marian Badoi) to jazz-world music hybrids (Grégory Privat & Sonny Troupé) to new twists on more traditional and contemporary group formats (Pierrick Pedron’s Trio “Kubic’s Cure” and Cedric Hanriot’s Quintet “City of Poets”). This year’s festival will include artists both already well established in American jazz circles, such as Jean-Michel Pilc, or Dan Tepfer, and under-the-radar French performers destined to build a major American audience.

Many groups include internationally-acclaimed US musicians playing alongside these burgeoning French acts, including heavy-weights like Ari Hoenig, Seamus Blake, Clarence Penn, Matt Wilson and Donny McCaslin. The final night offers the unique opportunity to witness René Utreger, an octogenarian pianist who has played with everyone from Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Lester Young, Stan Getz, and Stéphane Grappelli, making his stateside début.

January 12th – 8 PM
Smalls Jazz Club
183 West 10th St, NYC
Pierrick Pedron Trio “Kubic’s Cure”
Pierrick Pedron – Alto Sax
Thomas Bramerie – Double Bass
Ari Hoenig – Drums
Pierrick Pedron’s “Kubic’s Cure” tacles the immense heights of Thelonios Monk’s compositions. Pierrick draws influence not only from that celebrated jazz composer, but also draws on his love for 80s gothic UK music like Robert Smith and The Cure.

Marian Badoi & Guests “Les Doigts de L’Homme”
Marian Badoi – Accordion
Olivier Kikteff – Guitar, Oud
Tanguy Blum– Double Bass
Marian Badoi, a very talented gypsy accordionist, brings out from his fingers the magic of one of the most beautiful types of music in the world; his project combines Jazz Manouche with the authenticity of gypsy music provided by Marian and his beautifully soulful improv explorations.
Julien Alour Quartet
Julien Alour – Trumpet, Bugle
Seamus Blake – Tenor Saxophone
Adrien Chicot – Piano
Sylvain Romano – Double Bass
Jean-Pierre Arnaud – Drums
Julien Alour has earned a reputation as a sideman of choice alongside the Eric Legnini, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Daniel Mille, Samy Thiebault, Robin Mckelle and Kellylee Evans. His music is subtle and touching jazz, energetic and spirited, with melody at its forefront.
Olivier Bogé Quartet
Dan Tepfer – Piano
Sam Minaie – Double Bass
Karl Jannuska – Drums
Olivier Bogé – Alto Saxophone
With his second album, “The World Begins Today”, saxophonist Olivier Bogé surrounds himself with first class musicians Tigran Hamsyan and Jeff Ballard (Brad Mehldau’s drummer). The saxophonist took the time to mature his talent without haste and now he’s a major jazz player.
Yonathan Avishai Trio
Yonathan Avishai – Piano
Joe Martin – Double Bass
Matt Wilson – Drums
Based in France, the pianist Yonathan Avishai, is without doubt one of the major figures of the emerging Israeli jazz scene. Inspired by artists such as John Lewis, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Mark Rothko, Avishai balances between tradition and modernity, striving deeper into the dimensions of his music.
January 13th – 6:30 PM
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette St, NYC
Airelle Besson & Nelson Veras “Prelude”
Airelle Besson – Trumpet
Nelson Veras – Guitar
Airelle Besson (trumpeter on over 50 albums from her own band Rocking Chair to the last Metronomy album) and noted Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras have recently formed a magic duet which regularly appears in the biggest European festivals.
Cedric Hanriot Quintet “City of Poets”
Cédric Hanriot – Piano

Jason Palmer – Trumpet
Donny McCaslin – Tenor Saxophone
Dan Carpel – Double Bass
Clarence Penn – Drums
Cedric’s “wide range of abilities from playing to arranging and sound design, makes him a triple threat – and how amazing that he has accomplished so much in a short 12 years of playing! Cedric is destined for great things…” – Terri Lyne Carrington
Grégory Privat & Sonny Troupé
Grégory Privat – Piano

Sonny Troupé – Ka drum
Sonny Troupé, who learned Gwo ka under the influence of his saxophonist father, is joined by Grégory Privat, one of the great new French jazz talents for an exceptional showcase at Joe’s Pub, playing the repertoire of their new album Luminescence.
Jean-Michel Pilc Trio
Jean-Michel Pilc – Piano
Or Bareket – Double Bass
Ari Hoenig – Drums
A US resident for two decades, Paris native Jean-Michel is a self-taught pianist who’s played with the world’s musicians including Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Martial Solal, Daniel Humair, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, and Lenny White. He is also a winner of the Django Reinhardt Prize from French Jazz Academy.
January 14th – 7:30 PM
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola 
10 Columbus Circle, NYC
René Urtreger Trio
René Urtreger -Piano
Yves Torchinsky – Double Bass
Simon Goubert – Drums
During his career, he has played with Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Lester Young, Stan Getz, Stéphane Grappelli, Lionel Hampton, yet René Urtreger has never played New York! Thanks to French Quarter, this aberration is corrected for the artist’s 80th birthday.
+ Opening Act: Jean-Michel Pilc (Solo Piano)
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Event Organized with the support of Fonds d’Action SACEM, la Ville de Paris, Bureau Export, the Institut Français, France Rocks and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.