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Retrospect

19 May - 20:00 h (Local Time)
ZeitHaus

Photo: Lars Landmann

JACKY TERRASSON & STÉPHANE BELMONDO

Concert on 19 May 2017 at 20:00h in the ZeitHaus

Jacky Terrasson and Stéphane Belmondo are two of France's most acclaimed jazz musicians. They collaborated many years ago in Dee Dee Bridgewater's ensemble, and have now recorded the 2016 album Mother as a duo. Their versions of Dave Brubeck jazz classics, chansons, and soul hits by Stevie Wonder have a scintillating charm, characterized by the perfect interweaving of the musical lines of Terrasson's piano and Belmondo's flugelhorn. Poetry and wit are effortlessly reconciled in dramatic performances full of surprising improvisations and musical gags.

Jacky Terrasson
is known for his original compositions and brilliant piano style combining innovative interpretations with a spontaneous and subtle touch. The son of an African American mother and French father, Terrasson was born in Berlin in 1965 and grew up in Paris. He first studied classical piano before encountering jazz music, and moved to Boston in 1986 to attend the Berklee College of Music. In 1993 he won the renowned Thelonious Monk Competition as best jazz pianist and was soon signed by the prestigious jazz label Blue Note. Numerous solo albums and interesting collaborations followed, including the album Rendezvous with Cassandra Wilson. Terrasson's musical partners have also included Charles Aznavour, Michael Brecker and Dianne Reeves. Now resident in New York, Terrasson regularly performs at major jazz venues and international festivals around the world.

Stéphane Belmondo
, born in 1967, began his musical career with the accordion before switching to trumpet and flugelhorn. He is now one of France's internationally acclaimed jazz musicians. Belmondo's cover versions and original compositions combine tradition with experimentation; tender ballads go hand in hand with elements of soul and free jazz. He formed a multiple award-winning hard bop ensemble with his brother Lionel on saxophone, and later worked with musicians including Yusef Lateef, Michel Legrand and Gregory Porter. Belmondo's first solo album Wonderland was dedicated to Stevie Wonder and won him awards in two categories of the French Victoires du Jazz awards. Stéphane Belmondo also performed on multiple occasions with legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, who died in 1988. The 2015 album Love for Chet is Belmondo's very personal, tender tribute to his mentor. Stéphane Belmondo performed at the Autostadt in 2015 as part of the jazz series in the summer program "Vive la France!".