Born September 26, 1961, he studied at the Conservatory of Marseille between 1977 and 1980, in classical percussion class. Self-taught drummer, he cut his teeth in his father’s jazz club in contact with the biggest as Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Art Blakey, … At the age of 15 he played regularly in clubs and is rapidly taken him along with many soloists: Eric Barret, George Arvanitas, Jean-Loup Lognon, Lou Bennet, Peter King, … By 1980, he performed on national and international stages with renowned artists such as Didier Lockwood, Alain Jean-Marie Andre Villeger, Barney Willen, Christian Escoudé … In the 90s he moved to Paris and is quickly becoming one of the major drummers of the French stage. He occurs on the biggest stages in France and abroad in bands such as:
– Johnny Griffin Quartet with Hervé Sellin and Ricardo Del Fra
– Michel Legrand Trio (with Marc-Michel Lebevillon bass)
– Olivier Hutman trio (with Thomas Bramerie – bass) and Ted Nash
– Dick de Graaf European quartet (Eric Legnini – piano, Thomas Bramerie – bass)
– Belmondo Brothers quintet with whom he recorded “Belmondo Quintet” & “For all friends”
– Michele Hendrix quintet
– Vincent Strazzieri/Sylvain Romano/Jean-Pierre Arnaud Trio
He is the drummer in the orchestra led by Patrice Caratini for the resumption of the recording of “Anna Livia Plurabelle” from Andre Hodeir.
For over 20 years, he is actively involved in several musical projects: Olivier Temine quintet, Eric Le Lann acoustic quintet, Zénino Témime Arnaud Trio, “Take the Coltrane,” Lavelle Quartet, Virginia Teychené quintet. Also played with: Tom Harrell, George Coleman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessel, Mal Weldrom, Horace Parlan, Dee-Dee Brigdwater, NHOP, Freeman Chico, Joe Newman, Grey Sony, Glenn Ferris, John Hendrix, Art Framer , Lalo Schifrin, Deborah Brown, Less McCann, Kirck Lightsey, Tal Farlow, Antonio Farao, Frank Wes, Archie Shep …
Message to CANOPUS
I am very happy to play on Canopus drums. the manufacturing quality and finish are tremendous and Canopus drums have a wonderful sound.