Created in 2010, the vibrant Amazing Keystone Big Band exemplifies the spirit and the soul of bands from the era of swing king, not to mention the inventiveness, openness and outrageous virtuosity of today’s jazz. Together since their conservatory days, pianist Fred Nardin, saxophonist Jon Boutellier, trombonist Bastien Ballaz and trumpeter David Enhco handle orchestra arrangements and management.
The 17 eager musicians behind the music stands in this turbulent jazz machine are classy but not so keen on following obediently in the wake of Count Basie, Duke Ellington or Thad Jones. They consider this orchestra of selected friends allow to experiment new ideas, while still revisiting the best of an unsinkable repertoire. The Amazing Keystone Big Band continues an undulating tradition of music, while also leaving plenty of room for creativity amongst its musicians.
After successful adaptations of the works of Serge Prokofiev (Peter and the Wolf... and Jazz!) and Camille Saint-Saens (The Jazz Carnival of Animals), the Amazing Keystone Big Band’s 17 musicians are continuing their adventure with a project centred on the legendary personality Django Reinhardt. In Django E X T E N D E D, they perform the greatest hits of the famous guitarist’s gypsy jazz repertoire with their own added flair. These famous “hits” are quite familiar (Nuages, Minor Swing, Manoir de mes Rêves, Tears and Djangology), but so are some of their lesser known compositions like Anouman, Flèche d’Or, Troublant Boléro and the enigmatic Rythme Futur. Get ready to swing!
Opening act: Vincent Peirani - Living Being "NightWalker"
Born in Nice in 1980, Vincent Peirani is a jazz accordionist. But he is also just as comfortable with blue notes, world music, French music, classical, rock and pop. His wonderful album Night Walker proves so, with fantastic covers of Led Zeppelin and unparalleled sound that combines all styles.
Recorded in Brussels in March 2017 in just four days, Night Walker presents a quintet (the Living Being II), quite powerful and radical in the fraising of its energy. The instrument combination is totally unique. With Living Being, all melodic instruments are on equal footing: This rings true for Tony Paeleman’s rumbling but floating Fender Rhodes.
That is not to forget the clear soprano saxophone of Emile Parisien, which he preferred over tenor saxophone, nor the leader’s wonderful multi-faceted accordion (played quite a lot compared with the previous album). Vincent Peirani’s art is his rhythmic work and the way he adds layers to each song as only an armada of keyboards could. Peirani brings together the melancholy of song, the majesty of classical and the pure power of rock with virtuosity in “Kashmir to Heaven”, the album’s keystone, which draws inspiration from the most famous of Led Zeppelin tracks. His “Chamber Rock Music” will be performed live on stage 24 November at the Opera Garnier Monte-Carlo during the Jazz Festival.