Jean-Philippe Grégoire (Lead Guitar/Compositions/Arrangements) :
Baptiste Herbin (Saxophones) :
Born in Chartres (France), the young saxophonist Baptiste Herbin started piano at 6 years old, and the alto saxophone at 11. After studying classical repertoire, he studied with Jean Jacques Rulhmann and Julien Lourau. He moved to Paris in 2005 and studied with Jean Charles Richard. In 2007, he studied at the Paris Conservatory in the class of Riccardo del Fra. During the same period, he took part in numerous jam sessions and performed with many musicians (Michael Cheret, Ralph Bowen, Franck Avitabile, Lukmil Perez, Rémi Vignolo, Michel Pastre, Alain Jean Marie, André Ceccarelli ...)
In 2007, he recorded an album with vibraphonist Bruno Thieblemont. He also played in many festivals, including "Jazz entre les deux tours" (La Rochelle), Jazz a Pinarello (Corsica), le Festival de l'anche (Hyères), Jazz a Vienne, the International Congress of saxophone (Bangkok), Thailand International Jazz Conference (Bangkok), Marciac Jazz Festival and the label record festival "Space time records" in Clermont.
It also occurs every month at the Parisian Jazz club "Le Duc des Lombards." Baptiste also occurs with different bands, Ouranos quartet, a group founded with guitarist and composer Dimitri Dourantonis that blends Jazz and traditional Malagasy music. He is an active member of Ron Meza big band "High Definition", and the trio Triology, which incorporates the music of french lyricist and composer Jacques Brel. He is also a member of Pablo Aubia salsa band Batambo .
He recorded as a leader an album with his quartet: André Ceccarelli on drums, Sylvain Romano on bass and Pierre de Bethmann on piano.
Brother Stoon (Just Looking Productions, 2012)
7eme couleur, Bruno Thieblemont Quintet (Aphrodite Records, 2007)
Martin Guimbellot (Double Bass) :
Martin Guimbellot began studying electric bass at the age of 13, working in an autoditact way, and then in a Jazz school specializing in Latin music (Brazilian and Afro-Cuban) with the help of Philippe Henner . During this period, he was a member of diverse musical bands, which can cover many musical styles, from jazz to funk, and bossa nova to salsa. After graduating, his taste for ethnomusicology led him to study musicology at the University of Paris. In 2000, he moved for several months in Santiago de Cuba, and learns a lot about traditional Afro Cuban music, performing with Batà players (sacred drumming), and rhumba singers during the carnival. Guided by french bass player Marc Buronfosse, he turned to the acoustic bass, and studied Jazz Music with him at the Conservatory, and studied classical repertoire in the class of Matthew Bresch. During the same period, he participated in many musical projects : he performed with the conservatory big band and the contemporary music orchestra, and took part in numerous projects with Andy Emler, marimba player Eric Sammut, Larry Browne, Isabelle Carpentier, and Hors Normes Trio, with Benoit Daniel (piano) and Mie Ogura (flute).
In 2007, he recorded an album with vibraphonist Bruno Thieblemont . He is also a member of Ouranos Quartet, with the guitarist and composer Dimitri Dourantonis, saxophonist Baptiste Herbin , and drummer Remy Voide. Since 2008, he is also a member of the jazz groove band Why Cie, with Yann Clery (flute, voice, compositions), Olivier Calmel (electric keyboard), and Rémy Voide (drums). In 2009, he recorded with this band the album "Idealz". His performances were held in some of the finest clubs and Jazz festivals in France including the Duc des Lombards, Sunset/Sunside Jazz Club, The Baiser Salé , Jazz en Tete festival...
Among others, Martin Guimbellot has collaborated with René Urtreger, Dave Liebman, Manu Codjia, Tony Rabeson, Jean Charles Richard, Michelle Hendricks, David Patrois, Jérôme Barde ...
Idealz, Why Cie (Why Compagnie, 2009)
7eme couleur, Bruno Thieblemont Quintet (Aphrodite Records,2007)
Nicolas Charlier (Drums/Percussions) :
Nicolas Charlier is a raw and elemental force in the Parisian jazz scene. Hailing from the Belgian countryside, Nicolas spent his youth in the prairies and forests of Wallonia until he discovered his father's drum kit at the age of seven. He began his formal training at the age of nine with a series of private teachers and mentors and at ten he was enrolled at the Centre Musical de Didier Lockwood outside of Paris where he studied with Karim Ziad, Linley Marthe, Franck Agulhon, and Louis Winsberg amongst others. Impressed by his musicality and passion, the school awarded him a Prix d'Excellence when he was only fifteen.
At seventeen, Nicolas was accepted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, which he attended until his playing schedule overcame his class schedule. After a few months of living in Paris, many vibrant and exciting musicians invited him to play such as Logan Richardson, Yaron Herman , Eric Legnini, Mike Stern, Magnus Lindgren, Rhoda Scott , Sylvain Luc, Christian McBride, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Olivier Temime, Johnny Griffin and many more. He became an intrinsic part of Didier Lockwood's Jazz Angel Quintet and the Thomas Enhco Trio. His various projects and collaborations have brought him to international stages and festivals across six continents where his reputation as a fiercely inventive drummer steadily grows. At 23, he is recognized in France as one of the most exciting and promising young drummers.
Esquisse, Thomas Enhco Trio (Harmonia Mundi, 2006)