(© Dominique Hamot)
Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Antonin-Tri Hoang, Geoffroy Gesser, Pierre Borel, Benjamin Dousteyssier : saxophones
Brice Pichard, Louis Laurain, Emil Strandberg : trumpets
Fidel Fourneyron, Michaël Ballue : trombones
Bruno Ruder : piano
Romain Vuillemin : guitar
Sébastien Beliah : double bass
Antonin Gerbal : drums
Together since 2011, the high skilled and delicious 14 musicians of UMLAUT BIG BAND first met thanks to Umlaut Records, a musicians’ collective for improvised music based in Paris, Berlin, and Stockholm. With backgrounds in jazz, classical, and contemporary music, they are also very active in the new jazz scene and/or the European improvisation avant-garde.
Under the direction of Pierre-Antoine Badaroux,
the UMLAUT BIG BAND interprets arrangements from such American jazz luminaries as Fletcher Henderson, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, Casa Loma Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb, and many others... but also from early swing European conductors, among other: the big bands' repertoire of the British pianist Jack Hylton, the Belgian saxophonist Fud Candrix or the French violonist Jo Bouillon.
These arrangements also bring back to life an impressive collection of vintage dance moves, including the Jive, the Charleston, the Big Apple, Trucking, Swing, the Lindy Hop, the Shag, the Balboa, the Foxtrot, Bebop, and on and on!