We’re proud to announce the arrival of our new recording, “Django à la Créole: ‘Live’!” We professionally recorded the last four concerts of our 2012 season, and arranged the best tracks into a concert-length experience. Our friends at Frèmeaux and Associates were enthusiastic to help, and though it took some time to finish the production, we think it was worth the wait.
Thank you all for your continued support. The reception of the first two CDs was encouraging, as well as the demand for us to release some live material. We look forward to thanking you in person sometime this year at one of our 2014 shows celebrating the new CD. Effective March 1, it is available here on our new website as well as the usual places including (blank, blank & blank with hypertext links). We have even posted a couple of tracks on Soundcloud that you can enjoy and share.
Vive Django! Vive New Orleans! See you soon,
Evan Christopher & DalaC
Here is the gig list for the upcoming tour of the UK with Fapy Lafertin and Dave Kelbie. Looking forward to the Edinburgh jazz festival and some great gigs around london too. I hope to see you at one of the concerts!!
Here’s a video from a spring concert in france with Lollo Meier and Andy Aitcheson joining the trio….
Wow – what a great weekend in Bristol. A big congratulations to Denny Illet for programming a wonderful three days. Apparently, they are all set to go again next year. Well Done Bristol! I went over with July Saury and Harry Kanters. Here are some photos of our trio set with Harry, our trio set with Denny and a few from the Jam. You might just be able to make out Pee Wee Ellis and Lillian Boutte in a few of them who were regular late-nighters…
And here’s a bonus video of lillian whipping up a storm. Sorry about the quality – I’m not sure who’s phone took this!
Lillian Boutte and the Bristol Jam Session Band|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIW15IHBLVQ
Appearing in the November edition of the Qantas in-flight Magazine, Ruby Boukabou has written a great piece on Aussie jazz musos in Paris. She interviews Chris Cody, Alex Stuart, Wendy Lee Taylor, David Lewis, Melissa Cox and myself. Some nice photos too.
Evan Christopher – clarinet
David Blenkhorn – guitar
Julien Brunetaud – piano
Sebastien Girardot – bass
Guillaume Nouaux – drums
When Evan Christopher came to Paris with his clarinet and formed a band to perform New Orleans music, it was natural to think of Sidney Bechet. “In Sidney’s Footsteps” was recorded at Mesa studios in early 2006, during Christopher’s artist-in-residence at the invitation of the city of Paris just months after the city of New Orleans was decimated by catastrophic flooding. He used the opportunity to form his “Jazz Traditions Project,” a band of the best France-based musicians deeply commited to New Orleans music, to perform in Paris clubs and European festivals.
The “Jazz Traditions Project” also recorded a live CD, “Introduction: Live at the Meridien” at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club, and was active until 2008, when Christopher returned to New Orleans and focused his energies on touring internationally with his popular Django à la Créole. STR Digital agreed to release the studio material as the third volume of Christopher’s “Clarinet Road” series but had to wait until 2012 because of other CD releases.
“In Sidney’s Footsteps,” marks the return of the “Jazz Traditions Project” performing music that celebrates and aims to extend the legacy of New Orleans traditions. With Sèbastien Girardot (bass), David Blenkhorn (guitar), and Guillaume Nouaux (drums) the CD features spirited versions of Bechet gems, some carefully chosen standards and even a Boogie-Woogie composed for the session to feature guest pianist Julien Brunetaud who fills out the group whenever possible.