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Felix Lemerle Quartet | French Jazz Series

Part of French Jazz Series Live from New York!

From left to right: Félix Lemerle ©Yoav Trifman, Mark Johnson, Nicole Glover and Ben Meigners

On February 10, 2021, tune in to the first French Jazz Series @Smalls concert with the Félix Lemerle quartet, featuring Nicole Glover (sax), Ben Meigners (bass), and Mark Johnson (drums). 

French Jazz Series is a program of virtual concerts presented live on Facebook featuring world-class French and American jazz musicians at the legendary New York City venue, Smalls Jazz Club.

From February to June, tune in every second Wednesday of the month at 5pm EST on the Cultural Services of the French Embassy’s Facebook Page or on Smalls Jazz Club's website & Facebook page.

Discover the full program here.

Félix Lemerle is a jazz guitarist & composer living in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in his native Paris, he initially trained as a classical pianist. He shifted his attention to guitar and jazz music in his teens and started performing in France and Europe in various clubs and festivals. After graduating from the CRR de Paris with a Degree in Jazz & Improvised Music, he moved to New York City as a Fulbright Scholar to complete his Master's in Jazz Performance at CUNY Queens College. There he quickly established himself on the scene, performing, recording, and touring with some of the foremost musicians in the world. Recently, he joined the Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies at Juilliard. A highly in-demand guitarist, Félix has performed internationally in established venues & festivals.

New York-based saxophonist Nicole Glover has been described by the press as a "precocious talent", a "rising saxophonist", and "uninhibited". She first made her professional mark in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, recording and performing with Grammy-award winning artist Esperanza Spaulding, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist George Colligan, and renowned drummer/educator Alan Jones. Nicole was a member of the acclaimed soul group Ural Thomas and the Pain, who received an Emmy Award for their feature episode of "Oregon Art Beat". She also began performing internationally at festivals throughout Europe and North America and headlined the Portland Jazz Festival with her Quartet. During this time, she also performed with great musicians such as Kenny Garrett, Geoffrey Keezer, Bennie Maupin, Chuck Israels, Mike Clark, Bill Stewart, Mel Brown, and Helen Sung.

Ben Meigners has been an integral part of the West Village jazz scene since making the move from Israel in 2002, where he went to high school with some of the most outstanding musicians to ever emerge from Israel. After being mentored by Dennis Irwin and Steve Blum, and a bit of college hopping, he found residence at Fat Cat, where he became the unofficial house bass player.  Over the course of the next 5 years, Ben played at Fat Cat with 7 different groups every week, including Harry Whitaker trio, The Fat Cat Big Band, Billy Kaye band, Saul Rubin Zebtet, Don Hahn quintet, and Shimrit Shoshan trio, as well as with his own band "Smashing Molek." Meigners has been a member of groups led by Andy Bey, Freddie Redd, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb, Slide Hampton, Frank Wess, George Braith, Chris Byars, Ned Goold, Gilad Atzmon, Sacha Perry, and many others.  

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mark Johnson started playing the drums at age 12 and began playing in clubs with his father, singer/guitarist Scat Johnson, when he was 14 years old. Mark graduated from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He studied jazz drum with Arthur Taylor and tabla with Ustad Allahraka. Mark has been teaching at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music since 2003.

This event is supported by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.