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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/Live@the 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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Album Review

Laurent Coq / Walter Smith III: The LaFayette Suite

Read "The LaFayette Suite" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In The LaFayette Suite, two exceptional musicians--French pianist Laurent Coq and American saxophonist Walter Smith III--continue the spirit of collaboration which interestingly enough began around 1777 between French nobleman / military officer Marquis de Lafayette and President George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. In a suite funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the French American Jazz Exchange program, the project's historical inspiration brings to life the adventures of LaFayette, an aristocrat, decorated soldier, and ardent abolitionist whose ...

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Laurent Coq: Eight Fragments Of Summer

Read "Eight Fragments Of Summer" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Eight Fragments of Summer is French pianist Laurent Coq's seventh recording as a leader and his fourth quartet release. A personal ode and memoir to a full summer in New York, in the heat of the city that never sleeps, Coq has recruited an equally hot group including bassist Joe Sanders, drummer Damion Reid, and saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh, who is also from France. An award-winning composer/film scorer who's well lauded in his homeland, Coq finally crossed the ...

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Laurent Coq Quartet: Like a Tree In the City

Read "Like a Tree In the City" reviewed by Matt Merewitz

A celestial and surprisingly fresh sound emanates from the first moments of Like a Tree in the City, Laurent Coq's first release on the Sunnyside label. This side of the Atlantic, Coq plays with tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh, bassist Brandon Owens, drummer Damion Reid. Their ability to gel and groove and drift all with a unified aesthetic is notable at worst and virtuosic at best.

With a program of very progressive originals by Coq (plus "Dienda" by the ...

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Performance / Tour

Jerome Sabbagh/Laurent Coq Quartet - Miles Café - New York

Jerome Sabbagh/Laurent Coq Quartet - Miles Café - New York

Source: Jerome Sabbagh

Jerome Sabbagh/Laurent Coq Quartet—Miles Café Saturday, October 2nd @ 9:30 PM Jerome Sabbagh: saxophone and compositions; Laurent Coq: piano and compositions; Hans Glawischnig: bass; Reggie Quinerly: drums; Miles Cafe 212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl. (b/2nd & 3rd Ave.) E/V train to 53rd St. Lexington, 6 train to 51st St. I will be playing with a longtime friend and musical associate of mine, pianist Laurent Coq, this Saturday. A ...

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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