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The impossible to categorize Paris Combo will preview music from their forthcoming album during a four-city US concert tour


PARIS (2 March 2020): Staying locked away in a recording studio devoid of audience feedback is not how Paris Combo makes records. The hard-to-define alchemists who blend intoxicating cocktails of swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, world music and French pop will break out of seclusion this month to play a string of concert dates, welcoming the arrival of spring with American audiences who will be treated to new music as well as selections from the creative collective’s catalogue.


Working with the tentative title “Quesaco,” an old French word meaning “What Is That?,” Paris Combo plans to test out selections from their seventh studio album, which they plan to drop later this year. They’ll play seven shows in four US cities, opening with a four-night stand on March 19 at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco and concluding at Sony Hall in New York City on March 28.


“We will present an entirely new show consisting of fan favorites from our previous albums and new songs. The tour is part of the preparation for the next release. We will be testing new material on unsuspecting audiences,” laughed trumpeter-pianist David Lewis, a native Australian who has long resided in the City of Lights with his French bandmates.


Paris Combo is a genre-defying outfit comprised of vocalist Belle du Berry, guitarist Potzi, drummer Francois Jeannin and Lewis. The charismatic du Berry is a captivating frontwoman possessing a mix of post-punk bravura and vintage Hollywood glam. Potzi’s skilled guitar licks reference Django while Jeannin’s stickwork bangs out swinging jazz grooves, ska beats and Latin rhythms. Lewis fills the tracks with rich melodic flourishes. On stage, they are joined by double bassist Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac and Remy Kaprielan on percussion, vocals and saxophone.


An artsy ensemble that has earned acclaim from critics while winning the hearts of an international following, Paris Combo has roots dating back to 1992 when du Berry, Potzi and Jeannin linked up to collaborate at the closing ceremonies of the Albertville Olympic Games. Debuting with a self-titled set in 1997, their sophomore disc, “Living Room,” went gold in France in 2000 while garnering a French music awards nomination. It afforded the group the opportunity to tour the US, Australia and Asia, cementing their global status even before they performed in Brazil on the heels of the release of the “Motifs” album in 2004. They’ve played the iconic Hollywood Bowl twice along with such prestigious venues and festivals as the Olympia, Montreal Jazz Festival, le Grand Rex, la Cite de la Musique, Sydney Recital Hall, Melbourne Recital Center and the Nice Jazz Festival.


The March spring rendezvous will be Paris Combo’s first US concert swing in over a year. After they return to French soil, Paris Combo will play a couple of shows in early April before retreating to the studio until the new album is complete.


Catch Paris Combo on tour in the US on the following dates:


March 19-22                 SF Jazz Center, Miner Auditorium                     San Francisco, CA

March 23                      Kuumbwa Jazz Club                                         Santa Cruz, CA

March 26                      The Triple Door                                                Seattle, WA

March 28                      Sony Hall                                                         New York, NY


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Thursday, August 8th
Food Truck Court at Hardywood Craft Brewery

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Dominion Energy Jazz Café

Hippodrome Theater
Homegrown at The Hipp featuring PJ Morton

Friday, August 9th
Dominion Energy Center Carpenter Theater
An Evening with Gregory Porter presented by Dominion Energy

Saturday, August 10th

Jill Scott
Big Boi
Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective
Lizz Wright
Black Violin
Ro James
Bobby Caldwell
Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
The BB King Blues Band featuring Michael Lee
Frédéric Yonnet
The Yuko Mabuchi Trio

Sunday, August 11th

Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly
Stanley Clarke
Peter White
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Stephen Marley
Anderson East
Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
Cautious Clay
Sherry Winston
The Jack Wilkins Quartet​

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Come celebrate the Long Beach Jazz Festival. Featuring a great line-up from classic R&B to hot summer night jazz. The only Southern California Jazz Festival staged on a gorgeous grassy knoll in a beautiful Lagoon setting. Long Beach Jazz Festival features some of the top artists of the year and includes VIP seating in an incredible outdoor setting with a great selection of food, art and much more. “Jazz”, an experience you will never forget!

Already announced: Brian Culbertson, Arturo Sandoval, Norman Brown, Poncho Sanchez and many more!

Rainbow Lagoon Park, E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, California 90802

The Baltimore Jazz Festival 2019 features John Lamkin “Favorites” Quintet, Chelsey Green and The Green Project, Kevin Jackson, Emmanuel Withers w/ Diverse Soul, Craig Alston Jazz Syndicate, Blackman Murray Russo, Aztec Sun Band.

The Baltimore Jazz Festival looks to continue with the tradition by bridging the old and the new styles of jazz and expanding the reach of the art of jazz by connecting with the vibrant Baltimore community and reaching out to the DMV artists to take part in this venture to showcase a greater sound of the music and talent.

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Saturday, Aug 10, 2019, 11:00 AM – Sunday, Aug 11, 2019, 9:00 PM

Baltimore, Maryland

The Playboy Jazz Festival, to be presented for the sixth year in a row by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has announced its full lineup for 2019.

Featured acts will include Kool & the Gang, Boz Scaggs, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, the Maceo Parker Big Band, Terence Blanchard, the Cookers, Angélique Kidjo, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Benny Golson, The Family Stone, Sheila E., Terrace Martin, and Sona Jobarteh.

There will also be a special celebration honoring the late drummer Ndugu Chancler, featuring Patrice Rushen, Ernie Watts, Alphonso Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Doc Powell, Byron Miller, Rayford Griffin, Josie James, and TC Carson.

The festival, hosted by comedian George Lopez, will take place June 8-9 at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, Calif.

Tickets for the 2019 Playboy Jazz Festival go on sale Mar. 5. For more information, go here.

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, California 90068

On Sunday April 28th, Jazz Appreciation Month concludes with the celebration of the life and music of jazz trumpet legend, educator Dr. Donald Byrd. This will be the first public tribute of his musical genius and legacy in the Los Angeles area since his passing 6 years ago. The Donald Byrd Acoustic & Electric Sessions will bring together Johnny Britt (trumpet recording artist), Dominique Toney (songstress) and Kevin Toney (2 X Grammy nominated and founding member of “The Blackbyrds”) along with an All -Star Band. Dr. Don Mizell, Grammy – winning producer, who worked with Byrd in the late 70’s at his Elektra Jazz Fusion Imprint, will serve as MC /host for this signature event. Concert will highlight his truly remarkable creative legacy by presenting music that showcases the full gamut of his work from straight ahead acoustic bebop to the fresh jazz soul fusion innovations of the Mizell Brothers music with him.

Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 07:00 PM

The Miracle Theater, 226 S. Market Street, Inglewood, CA 90301

500 Artists / 120+ Shows / 8 Stages / 3 Nights & 2 Days / September 27-29, 2019

Line-Up includes Dianna Krall,Chris Botti, Yellowjackets, Candy Dulfer, Sarky Puppy, Double Vision Revisited with Bob James, David Sanborn & Marcus Miller plus hundreds more!

Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey, California 93940

The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival showcases internationally acclaimed jazz artists and celebrates the wonderful wineries, historic downtown, and remarkable beauty of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley. This four-day event offers Festival Pass holders a musical tour through the Lake Chelan Wine Valley. Twenty five jazz performances take place at 11 wineries and venues over 4 days around Lake Chelan. Among these acts is saxophonist Justin Young. We invite you to join us for our second annual festival on May 16 – 19, 2019.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 5:00 pm – Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 3:00 pm

Lake Chelan Wine Valley, PO Box 2112, Chelan, WA 98816


New Orleans Jazz Fest has revealed its 2019 lineup. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Big Easy institution, and organizers are celebrating with an all-star lineup led by The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, Dave Matthews Band, Chris Stapleton, and Jimmy Buffet.

Other notable acts include Van Morrison, Al Green, John Fogerty, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Tom Jones, Alanis Morissette, Gary Clark Jr., Jimmy Cliff, Mavis Staples, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kamasi Washington, Big Freedia.

Also playing are Bob Seger, Santana, Pitbull, Logic, J Balvin, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avene with the Nevilles, The Revivalists, Leon Bridges, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, The Head and the Heart, Ziggy Marley, The Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs, Aaron Neville, Galactic, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ani DiFranco, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Indio Girls, Gregory Porter, Dumpstaphunk, The Radiators, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, among others. Looks like smooth jazz stars are not on this party.

This year’s festival takes place April 25-27th and May 2nd-5th. Tickets are on sale.

Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Humphreys Backstage Concert Series present Bob James

December, 4 + 5, 2018 – 7:30 PM

Humphreys Backstage Live, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, California 92106