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Keystone Big Band

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The Amazing Keystone Big-Band

Hardly more than three years of existence, and the bubbling Amazing Keystone Big-Band already possesses the spirit and the soul of the most talented big band of the swing era, and the impertinent virtuosity and creativity of contemporary jazz.

Directed by Bastien Ballaz, Frédéric Nardin, Jon Boutellier and David Enhco, the 18 fellows of this wild jazz machine aren’t just reproducing the music of the masters, Count Basie, Duke Ellington or Thad Jones. They rather consider that this handpicked-friends orchestra allows them to experiment new ideas while visiting the timeless standards of a boundless repertoire. The Amazing Keystone Big Band immortalizes this music while expressing the creativity of their own arrangements, their compositions, their solos. The impressive level of its soloists - from Lyon, Paris, Brussels and Switzerland - is one of the major strength of this big band.
These young people have already made theirselves a reputation. Trumpets : Vincent Labarre, Thierry Seneau, David Enhco, Félicien Bouchot. Trombones : Bastien Ballaz, Alois Benoit, Loic Bachevillier, Sylvain Thomas. Saxophones : Pierre Desassis, Kenny Jeanney, Eric Prost, Jon Boutellier, Ghyslain Regard, Jean-Philippe Scali. Rythmic :Thibaud François (guitar), Fred Nardin (piano), Patrick Maradan (bass), and Romain Sarron (drums).
Since 2010, the Keystone Big Band has had the opportunity to collaborate and to arrange some music for international artists such as : Rhoda Scott, Liz McComb, Michel Hausser, Bill Mobley and Cécile McLorin Salvant. The orchestra often plays in Lyon and Paris jazz clubs, and has also performed on prestigious stages such as Jazz à Vienne, Rhino Jazz, Monastier, Opera of Saint-Etienne, Opera of Monaco, etc.

The Big Band is currently working on many projects : "Peter and the Wolf", a big band creation from Prokofiev’s work, ordered by "Jazz à Vienne" festival ; a program "Jazz and Cinema", ordered by "La Musique des cuivres" festival in Monastier (France) and a jazz adaptation "Dance At The Gym" (L. Bernstein).

The musicians of the Amazing Keystone Big Band continue their adventures with a new adaptation of one of masterpieces of classical music : The Carnival of Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns ! The Big band will be on tour in 2015-2016 and a released concert will take place in the Théâtre des Champs Élysées on December 20th 2015.

The orchestra also has a very wide repertoire of jazz standards and original compositions.