The FRENCH QUARTER’s fourth edition is on its way to New York for three special evenings on the occasion of three major international jazz events (APAP, Winter Jazz Festival and Global Fest). French jazz currently lives a wonderful revival and Paris Jazz Club aim to spread its creativity, dynamism and richness all over the world.
FRENCH QUARTER is organized by PARIS JAZZ CLUB, the network of jazz venues of Paris and its region, with the support of ADAMI, SACEM, SPEDIDAM, Institut Français, and Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.
FRENCH QUARTER : One unique concept, 3 legendary venues in the Big Apple, 10 showcases and more than 25 musicians to promote French jazz world-wide!
Imani: The Wrong Kind Of War
Imany – vocal
Taofik Farah – guitar
"I've always loved singing, but for a long time, I thought that it wasn't my thing!” Imany may have found her vocation a little late, but she’s certainly come a long way since she did – without being too hasty, taking the time to choose the right pace. Over the years, while she was opening concerts for other acts, she was honing her style, until she finally released a first EP, quickly followed by a full album. Her debut album in 2011 – "The Shape of a Broken Heart” – started her on an inexorable upwards trajectory, with the help of the single "You Will Never Know". Since then, Imany has played some 400 concerts throughout the world, sold nearly 400,000 albums (nearly half of which in France) and has carved out a niche for herself somewhere between soul, folk, blues and pop. Without trying too hard, she has succeeded in establishing a style for herself – a raging melancholy underpinned by lyrics that her life experience has sharpened. The life experience of a young girl for whom nothing was by any means certain. That's maybe why the name she chose for herself is the Swahili word for "Faith."
Lou Tavano: For You
Lou Tavano – vocal
Alexey Asantcheeff – piano
Arno de Casanove – trumpet
Maxime Berton – saxophone
Alexandre Perrot – double bass
Ariel Tessier – drums
Lou Tavano is the new sensation from Paris. Her unique voice captivates you and with mesmerizing charisma she transports you to her universe, as she shares her kaleidoscope of personal stories. She will showcase her debut album For You, released on the German label ACT Music in February 2016. It is co-written by Alexey Asantcheeff, her pianist, and supported by some of the most talented musicians of their generation.
Raphaël Imbert & Co featuring Big Ron Hunter:Music Is My Home
Raphael Imbert - Saxophones
Jean Luc Di Fraja - Drums & percussion
Thomas Weirich – Guitar
Pierre Fenichel - Double bass
Pierre François Blanchard - Piano
Big Ron Hunter - Guitar, Vocals
Saxophone player, composer, improviser, teacher, researcher. Artistic director of Cie Nine Spirit since 1999. Born on June 2 1974, Raphaël Imbert grew up in an artistic background. At the age of 15, he discovered the saxophone. It was love at first sight. Self-taught, he registered for the CNR jazz class in Marseilles, led by Philippe Renault, and met the regional musicians with who he plays the most regularly (Emile Atsas, Jean-Luc Difraja, Vincent Lafont, Pierre Fenichel…).
With Jean-Jacques Elangué, he won first prize at the Conservatoire in Marseille, and started two bands, the Hemle Orchestra and the Atsas Imbert Consort, with which he went on to play in many festivals (Vienne, Nice, Fiesta des Suds in Marseilles, Théâtre des Salins). With these musicians, he has enjoyed composing in eclectic musical settings. More personally, he has developed his own vision of music and jazz, linked to the specific spirituality of jazz creation. For this purpose, he created “Nine Spirits” a group of musicians that focused on the sacred musics of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and others, and to realize shows inspired by evocative texts, using narration as a musical element per se (Théodore Monod, Amidou Hampatê Bâ, Martin Luther King…). In this connection he also initiatied a study about the sacred in jazz, and became a laureate of the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs in 2003. He taught at the Conservatoire in Marseilles, and now teaches at Ecole Départemental de Musique des Alpes de Haute Provence. He has been a member of the board of the” Orchestre National de jazz” since September 2004 and, in June 2005, he won the 28th National Jazz Competition of La Défense in Paris. Raphaël Imbert also composes for movies and television, for Philippe Carrese’s and Isabelle Boni-Claverie’s projects. He recorded 5 CDs for Zig Zag Territoires Label, including “Bach Coltrane”, an original work about improvisation, creative music and classical expression (14000 copies sold) and two albums with American musicians Gerald Cleaver and Joe Martin. In 2013, he released a new album “Heavens, Amadeus & The Duke” (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi). In 2005, Nine Spirit became the Nine Spirit Company, administrative and artistic structure to develop his ideas and those of associated artists, such as singer / songwriter Marion Rampal. Since 2004, Imbert joined as a graduate student at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), under the direction of Jean Jamin, and as such was commissioned for a research project in the southern United States for the IMPROTECH project, funded by the ANR (Agence Nationale pour la Recherche), in partnership with CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) and the LAHIC (Laboratoire d’Anthropologie de l’Histoire et de l’Institution de la Culture). In 2013, he created many shows under the auspices of Marseille Provence 2013, capitale européenne de la culture. He played and led for the new Archie Shepp “Attica Blues” project. He published in 2014 a book about spirituality in jazz called “Jazz Supreme. Initiés, Mystiques & Prophètes” (éditions de l’éclat).