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French Jazz Stars of Tomorrow at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Riccardo Del Fra and Hervé Sellin
Le Conservatoire de Paris
Jazz Department and Improvised Music
French Jazz Stars of Tomorrow
Julien Alour on trumpet
Kenny Jeanney on alto saxophone
Julien Pontvianne on tenor saxophone
Armel Dupas on piano
Guido Zorn on bass
Antonin Gerbal on drums

Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator
Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
January 8, 2007

With hard-driving percussion, these young jazz students, with a brassy sound, opened the Monday night “Upstarts!” set at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. With one trumpet, two saxophones, piano, bass, and drums, this sextet of “20 somethings” performed with charged contrasts and imploding improvisation. While the first piece was electric, the second was ethereal. Repetitive chords, exotic percussion, atonal brass, and syncopated rhythm kept the packed audience attentive and enthused. For the next work, semi-classical and evocative of Debussy, composed by Henri Dutilleux, Hervé Sellin took the piano for a tour-de-force moment, against the scenic skyline at Columbus Circle. Sellin mentioned Miles Davis’ arrangements of Dutilleux’ music.

With the sextet back together, contemporary jazz ensued, with echoing drums and a steady sax pulse. The cold night warmed up. The final work presented was composed by pianist, Armel Dupas. A scintillating piano theme brought meandering melody to the Club, and, sure enough, the saxophones were reminiscent of the Miles Davis sound. Soon a sassy swing beat jumped onstage, too jazzy for dance, but swing, nonetheless. The band had good chemistry and timing, and they represented Le Conservatoire de Paris Jazz Department quite well. Two nights later, another concert, this time featuring the professors, was announced. Check Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for current and upcoming listings.

French Jazz Stars of Tomorrow at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
With Hervé Sellin and Riccardo Del Fra
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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