JIHOČESKÝ JAZZOVÝ FESTIVAL - Jean Luc Ponty & Clara Ponty Quartet (F) (27.01.2020 - 02:29)

Jean Luc Ponty & Clara Ponty Quartet (F)

Jean Luc Ponty & Clara Ponty Quartet (F)

Jean Luc Ponty & Clara Ponty Quartet (F)

The South Bohemian Jazz Festival brings another icon of jazz music to South Bohemia.


The face of this year's festival is the French jazz violinist and composer Jean Luc Ponty.

He became famous as a member of the jazz rock band Mahavishnu Orchestra, in which he played, among others, with Czech keyboardist Jan Hammer and also recorded several albums with Frank Zappa.


Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in jazz and rock. He is considered an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin, which has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. The great American jazz violinist Stuff Smith, who heard Ponty in the 1960s, said, "He's a murderer, playing a violin like Coltrane on sax" (Leonard Feather's Jazz Encyclopedia In The Sixties). In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976, Stéphane Grappelli said, "No, he's not a student ... he's a great musician and invented a new style of violin."


A new program with his daughter, Clara Ponty, will be heard on Piarist Square. Pianist, singer and songwriter, who has already released 4 solo albums featuring Nigel Kennedy.


The name of the double bass player, Guy Nsangue, who comes from Cameroon, should not fit in either. He founded his first band with Richard Bona and Étienne M'Bappé, who played both African music and jazz.

He has been working with Jean-Luc Ponty since 1991.


Jean Luc Ponty - violin
Clara Ponty - piano, electric keyboards, voice
Guy Nsangue - doublebass
Damien Schmitt – drums




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