4/30/2016 at la Paillote, Cotonou, Benin, w/ Laurent Coq Dialogue
5/1/2016 at Bamako Jazz Festival, Mali, w/ Laurent Coq Dialogue
5/7/2016 at Ouagadougou Jazz Festival, Burkina-Fasso, w/Laurent Coq Dialogue
5/21/2016 at Memorial Acte, Guadeloupe, w/Laurent Coq Dialogue
6/5/2016 at Passerelles, Pontault-Combault, w/ Sandro Zerafa
6/8/2016, at Washington DC Jazz Festival, US, w/ Laurent Coq & Walter Smith - The Lafayette Suite
6/26/2016 at Saratoga Jazz Festival, US, w/Laurent Coq & Walter Smith - The Lafayette Suite
6/27/2016 at Rochester Jazz Festival, US, w/ Laurent Coq & Walter Smith - The Lafayette Suite
Laurent Coq & Walter Smith III - The Lafayette Suite
On May 5, 2015, comes out the new album I co-sign with Californian saxophonist Walter Smith III. To order it (download or physical) it's HERE. It is a ten chapters suite inspired by the eight years French marquis de Lafayette gave to the American Insurgents in their fight for Independance against the Bristish Crown.
The album was recorded in New York in September 2014 with Joe Sanders on acoustic and electric basses and Damion Reid on drums, the exact same rhythm section that recorded Eight Fragments of Summer.
This project was made possible thanks to the generous support of FAJE (French American Jazz Exchange), a program funded by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the French Institute. The album is published on jazzandpeople, the new Label put together by French journalist (Jazz News) and exhibition curator (Miles Davis and Django Reinhardt exhibitions at Cité de la Musique in Paris) Vincent Bessières. The post-production was made possible through the generous support of our Kissbankers. We warmly thank them.
Baron Johan de Kalb is the second tune of the suite. This one is written by Walter Smith III.