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Friday, May 26, 2017, 20.30: FLORIAN PELLISSIER QUINTET ft. SHOLA ADISA-FARRAR (F-USA)
Shola Adisa-Farrar (voc), Florian Pellissier (p), Olivier Zanot (s), Fred Chiffoleau (b), Clément Cliquet (dr)
12 euro (-26) / 14 euro (Hnita members) / 16 euro
Book in advance on tel. 015 241953, hnitajazzclub@outlook.com

The Writer’s Bench and the Hnita-Jazz Club are joining forces again after last spring’s memorable concert by Cory Henry’s “The Revival”. Raised on opposite sides of the Atlantic, French pianist and composer Florian Pellissier and American vocalist Shola Adisa-Farrar have combined their talents after meeting in Paris. In 2016, their album Lost Myself was released on Hot Casa Records (Paris). Their musical voyage blends New York’s hard-bop aesthetics and reggae-inspired elements with contemporary jazz, for a fresh spin on classics such as “Feeling Good” and original compositions. Arguably the favorite track among DJ’s, their single “Evolution” has been played on international airwaves, most notably by LeFto (Studio Brussel) and Gilles Peterson (BBC Music Radio).
Shola Adisa-Farrar is a native of Oakland, California. She began singing at the age of eight, influenced by her Jamaican upbringing and the soul and jazz classics she heard in her home. At a young age already, she garnered attention for her stage presence and her distinct honey-coated voice, which enabled her to perform a variety of musical styles. In 2006, she graduated from Fordham University in New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Music. Currently, she is living in Paris.
Parisian pianist and composer Florian Pellissier is known for the authenticity and hard-bop style that he brings to his music. In 2001, he graduated from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where his class mates included pianist Robert Glasper and saxophonist Marcus Strickland. Since then, he has spearheaded his own Florian Pellissier Quintet along with the release of three successful albums: Le diable et son train (2012), Biches bleues (2014) and Cap de Bonne Espérance (2016). The quintet’s music is reminiscent of amongst others Horace Silver and Art Blakey, who both played at the Hnita-Jazz Club in the past. In combination with Shola Adisa-Farrar, the band has performed to sold-out crowds at one of Paris’ most celebrated jazz venues, Duc des Lombards.
More info on http://www.sholajoy.com and http://www.florianpellissierquintet.com.
The Writer’s Bench is being supported by the Province of Antwerp.

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