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French Award DJANGO REINHARDT 2012:

Best French Saxophonist

Emile Parisien

15 February 2013

emile jbm



Best Instrumental Arrangement

“How About You”
Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project)
Track from: Centennial – Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans [ArtistShare]
[Award accepted by Ryan Truesdell, producer and creator of Centennial.]



Daniel Humair New Reunion Quartet

Live at

Jarasum Jazz Festival (South Korea) Saturday 13th oktober 2012

Jarasum International Jazz Festival – South Korea  by René Marugg

When you’re sick of the everyday grind and you need to take off somewhere to feel renewed, what would you do?  We’d say going to a music festival is the perfect solution to cast away your stress

These world-class music festivals offer something for everyone, from rock to jazz to indie music. But that’s not all! Because they are held at outdoor venues away from Seoul, you can also hike, camp, picnic, and more—a true escape from the city life. Read on, pick a festival.

Korean autumns are known for their crystal clear skies and pleasant breezes, the perfect weather for jazz. And just in time for that season is a two-time Best Festival of Korea award-winning jazz festival, the  9th Jarasum International Jazz Festival. It brings some of the best international and domestic jazz musicians. Because of the inviting open-air venue, people of all ages and groups can enjoy the deep horns and groovy bass under the clear autumn sky. Renowned for its quality, Jarasum International Jazz Festival has moved up from relative obscurity in South Korea to being the best jazz festival in the Asia-pacific region in just seven years.

With its winning scenery and other fun activities, this festival will leave you with many memories and a spirited heart. I was very fortunate to have been invited to present international famous Jazz performers to the Korean Jazz scene. With Daniel Humair one of the best drummers this world still knows and his New Reunion Quartet, I presented my top artists to the lingering crowds.

There is a real hunger for live jazz in South Korea and Jarasum has done more than most to satisfy the demand. Over the last six editions Jarasum has hosted international acts of the caliber of the Esbjorn Svensson Trio, John Scofield &  Joe Lovano, Hiram Bullock, Dennis Chambers, Mike Stern, Scott Henderson, Randy Brecker, Richard Galliano, Joshua Redman, Richard Bona, The Bad Plus, Joe Zawinul Syndicate, Stefano Bollani, Charles Lloyd, John Abercrombie, Omar Sosa, Jean-Michel Pilc, Enrico Rava and Chris Potter.  In spite of the impressive roster of international artists who have performed at Jarasum, the festival does a great deal to promote South Korean artists, and last year 50 of the 77 bands were local.

The Festival was a great success and there is no reason why we could not have the same success with an internationally selected performer team in our beloved Thailand.

With enough initiative and positive programming  and organizing we could easily become the Jazz Hub in Asia. Our venues and climate would be our most popular hosts.

René Marugg – Mephisto Jazz


CD Blues & Beyond Quartet With Bassist Dominique DiPiazza

October 25, 2011 By Editor Jake Kot Leave a Comment

The Blues & Beyond Quartet features Yannick Robert on guitar, Sebastien Charlier on harmonica, Yoann Schmidt on drums, and Dominique DiPiazza on bass. This is a stellar lineup of very talented players that have come together and have produced a unique and very musical undertaking.

Aptly titled, they work on the fringes of traditional blues and always take it somewhere else, whether that be compositionally, as an ensemble, or individually, leaving us with some very progressive sounds as the almost unintentional genres seem to meld together. The inflections of the Blues tradition are most certainly there, but the raw musicianship of these individuals puts an indefinable spin on everything…progressive music at its best.

Driving this entity is the incomparable voice of Dominique Dipiazza, weaving his singular approach on his instrument through a myriad of traditional and altered changes, which absolutely helps define the musical personality of this ensemble. This becomes most evident when the band is in trio mode (guitar-bass-drums) and Dominique’s signature bass/chord/melody approach fills the sonic spectrum. Beyond his completely unique supportative role, Dominique’s improvisation when they let him go, in my opinion, should be listened to by “any” serious bassist with eyes of going in that direction—truly inspired playing.

All and all this is a great effort by all of these players that I would highly recommend



Koh Mr.Saxman at Borneo Jazz Festival (May 2012)
The final performance of Borneo Jazz 2012 fell to Koh Mr. Saxman and Takeshi Band. Koh Mr. Saxman has built his legend in Thailand over twenty years with his smooth/funky jazz, though he’s an outstanding technician who can fire off dazzling bebop lines at will. In spite of the band’s name, there was nothing remotely Japanese about the music, and instead, Koh regaled the crowd with typically melodic, and for the most part, easy-listening fare that ran from salsa-inflected numbers to heavy doses of funk.

Singer Benyapa Sukeenu lent her fine voice to a couple of numbers; a stirring rendition of Hoagy Carmichael/Stuart Gorrell’s “Georgia on my Mind” featured swirling organ lines from keyboardist Pattaya Yusathit, followed by a Thai-sung ballad where guitarist Punnawit Suwattananum drew sounds from his strings evocative of the three-stringed Thai phin. Koh’s epic alto solo crowned a beautiful song.

Ever the showman, Koh left the stage and went walkabout through the crowd, greeting people as he let loose some of his headiest soloing of the evening. Not many are those who can imitate alto saxophonist Charlie Parker while shaking your hand, but they broke the mold when they made Koh. Back on stage, Koh was joined by alto player Shannon Mowday, and the pair went toe-to-toe in an old-style cutting contest of furious intensity. It was just the sort of end the festival—and Koh’s set—required to send people home on a high, though not before the tradition.  “AllAboutJazz”


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