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Laurent Coq

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1970 Born in Marseille on February 22nd. Grow up around Aix-en-Provence.

1980 Enters Aix-en-Provence National Music Conservatory in Ms Courtin (also Hélène Grimaud's teacher). Gets First Prize in 1988 and moves to Paris to devote himself to Jazz.

1994 Obtains a Grant from the French Government for a six months stay in New York. He took lessons from piano players Mulgrew Miller and John Hicks, but most notably from Bruce Barth who will soon become his mentor and a true friend, which he remains to this day.

1997 Records Jaywalker in New York, his first album as a leader. Writes the film score of Mauvais genre (Laurent Benegui) and J'irai au paradis car l'enfer est ici (Xavier Durringer). In1998, follows Mille Bornes by Alain Beigel.

1999 Records in New York Versatile with his own quartet, and Thelonious & Bud Together Again with Laurence Allison's sextet.

2001 Release of Laurent Coq Blowing Trio/[email protected] Duc des Lombards (Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros 2002). Is granted an American Artist Visa (New York). Puts a new quartet together with Jér�'me Sabbagh (tenor), Brandon Owens (bass), and Damion Reid (drums).

2003 Records Like A Tree In The City with his American quartet. The album comes out simultaneously in the U.S (Sunnyside) and in Europe (Cristal).

2004 Signs the film score of Qui perd gagne ! (Laurent Benegui) recorded in Sofia/Bulgary for an symphonic orchestra (soundtrack released in France).

2005 Release Spinnin', his first piano trio album recorded in New York in November 2004 with bass player Reuben Rogers and drummer Otis Brown III. Spend winter in Paris with a residence at La Fontaine. Plays the Paris Jazz Festival in June. Spinnin' receive 2005 Best French Album Award by the French Jazz Academy.

2006 Goes to Haiti along with Julien Lourau and the freshly born Jacmel Quartet. Records The Thing To Share, his sixth album as a leader, the second with his atypical Blowing Trio. Goes to Japan to perform solo for the first time and promote the release of Spinnin' on Japanese label Wards Records. Goes to Vietnam with Julien Lourau, Vincent Artaud and Otis Brown III. Records Uncaged, Sophie Alour's new album.

2007 Release of the Blowing Trio album, The Thing To Share, on label Cristal in March. Release of Sophie Alour's new album, Uncaged, on label Nocturne in May. African Tour in the fall (ten countries visited). Along with Julien Lourau and the Jacmel quartet, performs three concerts at the Paris Jazz Festival at La Villette in September.

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Laurent Coq is the type of musician that I am most drawn to, in that he has such a personal and rich vision that he has created his own musical world. Bruce Barth jazz piano player, composer, producer and teacher

The achievement of one of the most talented and underrated French musician from the new generation. Jean-Luc Carradec La Terrasse

Original, young, brilliant, a musician who sets a very high standard for himself. Jean-Yves Chaperon Zurban

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The LaFayette Suite



Like a Tree In the...

Sunnyside Records



Cristal records / Sunnyside




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