Wednesday 13 September • 08:00pm

Le Rex

Carte blanche jazz


Born in the French town of Saint-Rémy in 1987, Fred Nardin was drawn to music early on and started playing piano at age five. At the age of ten years, he began his studies at the Chalon-sur- Saône Conservatory where he first studied classical piano, starting to play jazz three years later. He earned a master’s degree in the 2011 at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM), having studied with Hervé Sellin and François Théberge among others. He won the Django Reinhardt prize (french Jazz musician of the year from Académie du Jazz) in 2017.

In 2010, Fred and his longtime musical partners Jon Boutellier, Bastien Ballaz and David Enhco created the Amazing Keystone Big Band, a band consisting of 18 of the most promising young jazz musicians from the french scene. Their first album Pierre et le Loup... et le Jazz, an arrangement for big band of Prokofiev’s famous work “Peter and the Wolf", won the prize for Best French Jazz Album of 2013. Their latest two projects, Le Carnaval Jazz Des Animaux ( a re-working of Saint- Saëns’ famous suite) and their Djangovision program alongside James Carter and Stochelo Rosenberg were also extremely well received. The Amazing Keystone Big Band has collaborated with many of today’s most internationally renowned artists: Quincy Jones, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, James Carter, Nikki Yanofsky, Liz Mc Comb, Zaz, Charles Aznavour...

He performes in trio with Leon Parker and Or Bareket and also with the co-led Switch Trio, the Fred Nardin/Jon Boutellier 4tet, Gaël Horellou’s Organ Trio, Jean Philippe Scali Quintet, Natalia M.King, The Amazing Keystone Big Band... He has also worked and collaborated with Cécile McLorin Salvant, Didier Lockwood, Darryl Hall, Charnett Moffett, Nancy Harms, Scott Hamilton, Joel Frahm, Ricky Ford, Fabien Mary, Baptiste Herbin, Benjamin Henocq. Fred Nardin has performed, among others, at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazz in Marciac, Jazz à Vienne, l’Olympia, Antibes Jazz Festival, Jazz à La Villette, the Cité de La Musique, Théâtre du Chatelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Les Victoires du Jazz and the Django Reinhardt Festival.