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Jonathan Orland Debuts with "Homes"


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Born and raised in Paris, Jonathan Orland started playing music during his childhood, starting with piano and clarinet. He got interested in Jazz in his early teenage years, and started learning by himself the saxophone before taking lessons with Thomas Savy, Tom Buckner and André Villégier and Antoine Daurès. Then he passed his music studies diploma in Orsay and played in French bands such as the Big Band of Paris Universities (Thierry Lalo) or the Di Costanzo Sextet. In 2007 he was accepted in the jazz course at the Parisian Conservatoire of Music and Dance and granted a scholarship for the Berklee College of Music.

At the age of 22, Orland moved to Boston to study at Berklee where he had the privilege of studying with Bill Pierce, Greg Osby, George Garzone and Hal Crook. In Boston, he formed a quintet with Greg Duncan, Sharik Hasan, Lim Yang and Jun Young. He also spent a couple of years in Montreal to study a Masters in Jazz Performance at McGill University, where he played with great musicians like Steve Amirault, Kenny Bibace, Efa Etoroma Jr. and Rick Rosato, studied improvisation with Remi Bolduc and writing with Jan Jazcyck, and took part in numerous projects with great artists from Montréal such as Kevin Dean, John Roney, Steve Amnirault, and Kenny Bibace with whom he played at the Upstairs Jazz Club.

Returning to Paris, Jonathan led the Jonathan Orland Quintet and Trio which includes Louis Moutin, Yoni Zelnik, Michael Felberbaum, Cédric Hanriot and Gautier Garrigue. Jonathan played in numerous venues and clubs including Le Petit Journal Montparnasse, Sunset-Sunside, Lily Pad (Boston), Upstairs (Montreal), Jazz à Vannes, the 606 (London), Budapest Jazz Club (Budapest), Piec’Art (Cracovie), Shablul (Tel Aviv) and the Mercantile (Dublin).

Homes, his debut album, is the result of his four year stay in America and his meeting young musicians from the all over he world in Boston. If Jonathan is the leader of his quintet, each musician brings his own style and his musical personality offering an interesting perspective. Georges Garzone has been invited to join them for the album; he is one the favorite musicians of Jonathan, who considers him as his mentor.

Homes (Bee Jazz) is an unvarying word in English - adding an “s" at the end is not a “hazard" - turning “home” into “homes” expresses the sensation of feeling at home everywhere, as long as there is a musical meeting and a real exchange. The feeling of being home with the musicians he met is at the origin of this album. Those different meetings with different kind of musicians offer us a mixed repertoire in terms of tempo and style; still it keeps some kind of continuity and homogeneity in the album.

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