Jobic Le Masson – artysta pochodzący z Francji, w 1990 roku ukończył Berklee School of Music. Od samego początku związany ze środowiskiem jazzowym. Komponował i współpracował z wieloma artystami i zespołami. Jego repertuar jest bardzo bogaty – od tradycyjnej muzyki jazzowej do wolnej i nowatorskiej improwizacji. Na stałe współpracuje z paryskimi muzykami, takimi jak Benjamin Duboc, Didier Lasserre, Aldridge Hansberry, Rasul Siddik, Christine Flowers, Amy Gamlen, Alexandra Grimal czy Jean-Jacques Avenel.
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The French Jobic le Masson Trio is not a trio. It is a six handed, three pairs of feet monster. A Jazz fantasy that draws from the landscape of the influence of the Cool, Bebop and Free music schools. An eclectic pantheon where Monk, Ellington and Cecil Tylor co-exist with Satie in a challenging , sensitive and extraordinary blend.
They have been playing for long periods of time and you can hear it: their music got fine tuned on stage and on the road, in bars and clubs in France and elsewhere. It is clear that the presence of Steve Potts and John Betsch – both played for years with Steve Lacy – pushes the group into a Lacy dimension.
▎ JOBIC LE MASSON TRIO & STEVE POTTS
Steve Potts – saksofon altowy
Jobic Le Masson – fortepian
Peter Giron – kontrabas
John Betsch – perkusja
☛ I koncert – 19:00
☛ II koncert – 21:30
Normalny – 90 PLN
Ulgowy – 81 PLN
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★ Steve Potts, Born January 21 1943 in Columbus, Ohio, Steve Potts comes from a musical family. At a very early age, he was fascinated by the saxophone after having heard his cousin, Buddy Tate, play sax in Count Basie’s orchestra. While simultaneously studying architecture in Los Angeles, he also studied music with Charles Lloyd. But he dedicated himself to music after that by moving to New York to study with Eric Dolphy. He became friends with Ron Carter and frequented Coltrane, Tony Williams, Jimmy Garrison, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell and Wayne Shorter. He played with Roy Ayers, Richard Davis, Joe Henderson, Reggie Workman and Chico Hamilton, the latter of whom he worked with for four years.
In 1970, leaving behind his New York life, Steve left to launch himself in Europe. He landed in Paris, and immediately started working with Brigitte Fontaine and performing with Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Mal Waldron, Ben Webster and Hal Singer with whom he enjoys a continuing musical and personal relationship … not to mention the Art Ensemble of Chicago and other American and French groups.
He formed his own group in 1973 with Christian Escoudé, Boulou Ferré, Oliver Johnson and Gus Nemeth. He also met Steve Lacy at this time. They traveled the world performing together for over 23 years and recorded over 25 albums. This did not prevent Steve Potts from leading other projects such as accompanying Jessye Norman in 1982, or working with the African group Ghetto Blaster in 1986, or composing film music. He created a new group in 1990 and recorded the CD ” Pearl ” with Richard Galliano, Jean-Jacques Avenel and Bertrand Renaudin. As eclectic as ever he also recorded with Imaran a group of Touareg musicians and in 2000 released „Wet Spot” with a new quartet consisting of Michael Felberbaum, Stéphane Persiani, Richard Portier.
Also about this time, Potts started a very rich period performing regularly at the Sept Lézards club, where over a period of eight years it was possible fo invite more than 70 musicians such as Alain Jean-Marie, John Betsch, François Ripoche, François Théberge, Stéphane Belmondo, Médéric Collignon, Stéphane Guillaume, Olivier Ker Orio, Jérôme Rateau, Morena Fattorini, Romain Clerc-Renaud, to play with his three regular groups: Stevie and the Boogah Band (George-Edouard Nouel, Stéphane Persiani, Jean-Claude Montredon), the Institute of Advanced Harmony (Michael Felberbaum, Michel Edelin, Thomas Savy, Stephen Kerecki, Richard Portier) and Steve Potts and Family (Michel Edelin, Sophia Domancich, Jean-Jacques Avenel, Simon Goubert).
★ Jobic LeMasson, was born in France in 1968 and started his musical education at the age of 7 at the Conservatory. Age sixteen he moved to the US on his own and attended the Greenwich High School in Connecticut where he studied music theory and composition. In 1987 he attended the Berklee School of Music and returned to Paris after graduating in 1990.
Father of three children and co-owner with his wife of “The Red Wheelbarrow” bookstore in the Marais, Jobic has been composing, arranging and performing with many different groups, expressing a wide musical range from traditional jazz to free improvisational music. Jobic is involved in many projects and appears regularly with Paris based musicians Benjamin Duboc, Didier Lasserre (with whom he recently recorded), Aldridge Hansberry, Rasul Siddik, Christine Flowers, as well as visiting musicians such as Roy Campbell, Hanah Jon Taylor. He also plays with François Thébèrge, Makoto Sato, Antoine Paganotti, Amy Gamlen, Lucien Johnson, Daniel Erdman, Thomas Kpade, Michael Felberbaum, Karl Januska, Jean-François Pauvros, Sylvain Guérineau. His trio with Peter Giron and John Betsch is where the main body of his work can be heard.
★ Peter Giron, bronx born American, Peter Giron has been living in France with his wife and two children since 1989. Playingl string and electric bass, Peter has toured the world with Luther Allison and was on Kurt Elling’s European tour from 2001 to 2003. He also toured with Bernard Allison and took part in his album “Next Generation”. In 2004, he became a part of the “American All Stars” band with Sarah Marrow, Hal Singer, Rhoda Scott and John Betsch, and in 2005, “Sarah Marrow And The American All Stars In Paris”.
Recently appointed dean of The American School Of Modern Music In Paris where he has taught harmony, music theory and bass since 1989, he also co-ordinates international and European jazz school meetings with Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Betty Carter and Freddie Hubbard among others. Through his collaboration in yearly meetings with the directing staff at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, he has worked with as Johnny Griffin, Steve Swallow, Steve Lacy, Gary Burton, and Rick Margitza.
A jury member for the jazz department of the CNSM (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris), he teaches string bass, theory, and jazz improvisation the CNR (Conservatoire National de Région in Montpellier).
★ John Betsch was born on October 8, 1945 in Jacksonville, Florida. His mother was a church organist and pianist; his older sister a dramatic soprano singer. John began playing drums in the school orchestra at the age of nine. At age 18, while still a student at Fisk University (Nashville, Tenn.), he began playing professionally with pianists Bob Holmes, Ernest Vantrease, and trumpeter Louis Smith. John studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and the University of Massachusetts Amherst under Max Roach and Archie Shepp. He has taught at UMASS and in the state prison education programs. In 1975 he moved to New York City where he played with Roland Alexander, Dewey Redman, the Paul Jeffrey octet; vocalists Jeanne Lee, Abbey Lincoln, and the Ted Daniel big band. He toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Africa, notably with Max Roach (Newport 1974), Dewey Redman (1979), Kalaparusha (Berliner Jazztage 1976), Adullah Ibrahim (1979), the Klaus Konig Orchestra and Steve Lacy.
Since moving to Europe in 1985, where he is now based, John has participated in recordings and tours with saxophonists Mike Ellis, Hal Singer and Jim Pepper; vocalists Ozay, Jeanne Lee and Annette Lowman; pianists Mal Waldron, Alain Jean-Marie, Claudine François and Kirk Lightsey. He has toured Japan with Steve Lacy, Mal Waldron, Eric Watson and Michel Sardaby.