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Jean-Michel Pilc at the Blue Note Jazz Festival

© Robbert Kamphuis

The Blue Note Jazz Festival and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York present Jean-Michel Pilc

French pianist Jean-Michel Pilc performs his 2011 album Essential on June 17, 2019 for the occasion of the European Sounds Series. He intimately captures an exceptional series of improvisations on both brand-new and classic themes. In addition to this solo release, Jean-Michel also plays a recording by his original trio – François Moutin on bass and Ari Hoenig on drums – that was met by critical acclaim for their 2002 release, Welcome Home.


About Jean-Michel Pilc
Born in Paris the self-taught pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc has performed with numerous jazz giants including Roy Haynes, Michel Brecker, Dave Liebman, Rick Margitza, Kenny Werner, Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Chris Potter, and the legendary opera singer Jessye Norman, among others. An active solo performer who has released four cirtically-acclaimed solo piano records: Follow Me (2004), Essential (2011), What Is This Thing Called? (2015), and a new solo album, Parallel released in June 2018.

Jean-Michel Pilc has built a strong international reputation. In 2013, he was granted a Fellowship from the Music Composition category of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for the creation of Big One, a project featuring all new original music for octet. He was a NYU Steinhardt faculty member and acted as Co-Director of NYU Summer Jazz Workshop in 2010. Today, he is an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal.


About Blue Note Jazz Festival and European Sounds Series
Established in 2011, the Blue Note Jazz Festival was initially formed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Greenwich Village's iconic Blue Note Jazz Club. This year, in partnership with the European Union Delegation to the United Nations and nine EU Member States, the festival has announced the inaugural European Sounds Series to showcase European culture and jazz within the United States. The series, which kicks off June 2nd, will take place during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays throughout June at the Blue Note Jazz Club

Find out more about the lineup and schedule here.

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