Olivier Franc Jazz Quintet Highlights The French Spring Festival
Olivier Franc, soprano saxophone, is the son of René Franc, clarinettist of the Pierre Braslavsky’s band and of the André Réwéliotty’s orchestra who played with Sidney Bechet. Olivier Franc began his career in the 1970’s. In 1979 he was awarded the ‘Prix Sidney Bechet’ by the French Académie du Jazz. Well established in the classic jazz scene, the music critics called him Sidney Bechet’s best disciple, and in 1997 he was rewarded the ‘Prix du Musicien Français’ from the Hot Club de France for his live CD ‘Swing Folies’. Olivier Franc offers a new and personal music while remaining faithful to the spirit and style of Sidney Bechet. Since 2006 he has had the privilege of playing the saxophone that formerly belonged to Sidney Bechet.
To pay tribute to the music of his Master and to one of the greatest jazz musicians, Olivier Franc, he will perform together with a true ‘All Star Band’, composed of Paris-based musicians: his son Jean-Baptiste Franc (piano), Benoît de Flamesnil (trombone), Gilles Chevaucherie (double bass) and with the possibility of having as a special guest, Daniel Sidney Bechet (drums).
The band’s repertoire consists of Sidney Bechet’s compositions, in addition to some great jazz standards and to their own compositions which make their performance a unique and unforgettable experience!
Olivier Franc’s Jazz Quintet will begin a diffusion of Jazz at MLH and The Quintet will perform on:
• 16th June – Jazz on the Paradise Beach
• 17th June – Dinner and Jazz in the Empire Ballroom
• 18th June – Jazz on the Terrace –
Tickets will be available at the below venues (16th and 17th Events only);
• Swastic Group (Crescat)
• Gigi Shoes ( Majestic City)
• Yamaha Music Centre ( Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7)
• Cotton Collection (All outlets)
• Barefoot Gallery
For further information call 2711430 or you could call the events desk on 2711 711 ext 1566.