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Clovis Nicolas Quintet | French Jazz Series @Smalls

Part of French Jazz Series Live from New York!

From Left to Right : Clovis Nicolas ©Chris Drukker, Jon Boutellier © Philippe Levy Stab, Jeremy Pelt ©Sally Pritchard, Miki Yamanaka ©John Rogers, Jimmy Macbride © Yuki Tei.

On April 14, 2021, at 6 pm, tune in to the third French Jazz Series@Smalls concert with the Clovis Nicolas quintet, featuring Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Jon Boutellier (sax), Miki Yamanaka (piano), and Jimmy Macbride (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 6pm EST on the Cultural Services of the French Embassy’s Facebook Page or at 7:30pm EST on the Smalls Jazz Club's website & Facebook page.

Discover the full program here.

After establishing himself as a first-rate bass player in France (performing concerts with Brad Mehldau, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michel Legrand ) Clovis Nicolas moved to New York in the new Millenium. A few years later, he graduated from the Juilliard School of Arts with both a Bachelor and Master of Music, having studied under Ron Carter, Ben Wolfe, and composer Kendall Briggs. Clovis has shared the stage in numerous venues with some of today's most prominent jazz musicians, such as Grant Stewart, Harry Allen, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, Russell Malone, and others. He is featured on many critically acclaimed recordings, including Belmondo’s “Hymne au Soleil” which won three Jazz Grammy Awards in 2004 and sold more than 20,000 copies. In addition to these, Clovis released his own album, "Nine Stories" for Sunnyside Records. This recording received great reviews in the international press (JazzNews, JazzHot, Liberation, WRTI, All About Jazz, Jazz Life...) including a selection in the "Best Albums of the Year" by DownBeat Magazine in 2014.

Jeremy Pelt arrived in New York in 1998 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Once he got there, it wasn't long before he started being noticed by a lot of top musicians in the city. His first professional Jazz gig was playing with the Mingus Big Band. That gig led to long-lasting partnerships with many of the band's talents and proved to be a great catalyst for development in his career. Since his arrival, he has been fortunate enough to play with many of today's and yesterday's Jazz luminaries, such as Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Charli Persip, Keter Betts, Frank Foster, John Hicks, Ravi Coltrane, Winard Harper, Vincent Herring, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Cliff Barbaro, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Short, Bobby "Blue" Bland, The Skatalites, Cedar Walton, and many, many more. Jeremy has also been featured in a variety of different bands, including the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Big Band. Currently, he is a member of the Lewis Nash Septet, and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes.

Jon Boutellier is a French saxophonist, composer, and arranger – an integral part of a generation of young European musicians who keep the legacy of straight-ahead jazz alive, with one foot firmly set in tradition and another stepping towards the future. During his studies at the Paris Conservatory, he developed a keen interest in writing for large ensembles. In 2011, with his fellow students, he founded the Keystone Big Band, a 17 piece jazz orchestra for which he writes, arranges, and performs. With 10 albums, hundreds of concerts in France in distinguished venues (Marciac, Salle Pleyel, Olympia, Philharmonie de Paris), and some prestigious collaborations, the band has gained great recognition in the French scene and was honored with an Académie du Jazz award in 2013 and a Victoire du Jazz in 2018. Jon’s first album Watt’s was released in 2016 (Gaya Music), and was welcomed enthusiastically by French critics. His new album, On Both Sides of the Atlantic, features the great Kirk Lightsey on piano, Alex Claffy on bass, Kyle Poole on drums, Jean-Paul Estievenart, and the new voice of France Célia Kaméni.

Miki Yamanaka is a New York-based pianist and composer. Originally from Japan, she started playing the piano at the age of 5 and became interested in jazz when she began playing in the junior high school big band. She moved to New York in 2012 to study English and music. She has studied piano and music theory with Jason Lindner, Jeb Patton, and David Berkman. In March 2015, she was chosen as one of three pianists to participate in “Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead”, an intensive composition and performance residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She graduated from Queens College in December 2015, receiving her Master’s Degree in Music Performance. She has shared the stage with many notable musicians, including Jerry Dodgion, Jonathan Blake, Rodney Green, Philip Harper, Winard Harper, Antonio Hart, Frank Lacy, David Wong, Gerald Cannon, and many more. She performs at some of New York City’s finest jazz venues such as Smalls, Mezzrow, Fat Cat, Showman’s, and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. She is the current pianist in the Philip Harper Quintet.

Jimmy Macbride is a drummer/composer based in New York City. He has performed with a wide variety of artists including Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Greene, and Adam Rogers. Jimmy is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied privately with Carl Allen, Billy Drummond, and Kenny Washington. He is a regular performer throughout New York City, performing at such venues as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, The Jazz Gallery, and The Blue Note. His musical talents have also taken him worldwide, touring across Europe, Asia, and North America. Jimmy has also appeared at some of the world’s most famous venues, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and Newport Jazz Festival, among others.  He performs regularly with different groups including Nir Felder, Samora Pinderhughes’ Transformations Suite, Lucas Pino’s Nonet, and the Roxy Coss Quintet. He is also an active recording artist, appearing on over 20 albums to date.

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