Ricky Ford - Tenor Saxophone

Born 4 March 1954, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Ford started to play drums, then changed to tenor saxophone at the age of 15, inspired by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Ran Blake heard him playing in a Boston Club and persuaded him to study music at the New England Conservatory. (Blake later invited him to play on several albums too, including Rapport, Short Life Of Barbara Monk and That Certain Feeling). In 1974 Ford joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the leadership of Mercer Ellington and in 1976 he replaced George Adams in the Charles Mingus group, recording on Three Or Four Shades of Blue and Me Myself An Eye. In the late 70s and early 80s he played with Dannie Richmond, Mingus Dynasty, George Russell, Beaver Harris, Lionel Hampton and Adbullah Ibrahim's Ekaya group. However, following the release of his debut album in 1977 he has worked increasingly as a leader, often recording with Jimmy Cobb and ex-Ellington colleague James Spaulding. His latest releases also feature one of his New England Conservatory teachers, Jaki Byard. A strong, authoritative tenor player, Ford's fluency in most idioms of modern jazz has perhaps hindered the development of an individual voice. Ricky is from 2000 Professor at the Bilgi University in Istambul.


Bobby Few - Piano


 Childbood friend of Albert Ayler, born into a family of musicians, Bobby Few started studying the piano and organ at the age of seven and gave his first classical recital five years later.
After studying harmony and composition at Cleveland Institute of Music, he took up the vibraphone and played in bands with his cousin Bob Cunningham.
Upgred by Albert Ayler, he went to New York where he joined Bill Dixon’s “Free Jazz Workshop” and gave a show with Frank Wright, whom he’d met in Cleveland in 1956, and Booker Ervin.
He set up a short lived trio with Wilbur Ware (b) and Leroy Williams (dm), worked as a pianist and musical director of the singer Brook Benton (1968), then accompanied Frank Foster and Roland Kirk. Having moved to Europe in 1969, he got together with Frank Wright, Noah Howard and Muhammed Ali to create the “Center of the World” grouop.
Then he became dedicated to teaching for a while and joined Alan Silva’s “Celestrial Communication Orchestra”.
From 1980 to 1992 he was a member of Steve Lacy’s sextet with which he toured Europe, Japan and the U.S.A.
In 1993 he formed his own trio and since then has performed with visiting American musicians and singers in Paris. He joins simultaneously the Ricky Ford’s sextet in 2000.

Jean-Michel Couchet - Alto Saxophone

 Born on November 1961 in St Germain en Lay, France. Begins his saxophone studies as self-educated at 15 years old and improve the Jazz School of the CIM and t the American School of Modern Music (Paris). He begins is professional carrier in 1985 by a tour in China, He integrates the Franco-German Ensemble conducted by Albert Mangelsdorff and JF Jenny-Clark and the Sextet Simon Goubert with who he will play during 10 years. Since, He has played and recorded with Stephane Persiani, Eric Schultz, Laurent Fickelson, Cresaria Evora, Ernesto “Tito” Puntes? Gildas Scouarnec, Jazz until 1986, Christian Vander, Steve Grossman, Brice Wassy, Michel Graillier, Yannick Rieu and many else… His first meet Ricky Ford in 1997 when Ricky Ford made a European Version of his Big Band. From this time Jean-Michel has an important place on Ricky Ford’s Sextet as all the other musicians.


FrédéricBurgazzi - Trombone

 Born on the 3rd of December, 1959, he followed his musical studies in the conservatories of Rennes and Paris in the 10th Arrondissement.  His aspirations take him to playing with diversified local and regional groups of which the Regional Jazz Orchestra "Sirius" and "La Petite Passerelle Verte" with Popof Chevalier and the counterbasist Emmanuel Grimonprez (invitees:  Jacques Pellen and Jean Luc Chevalier).  During this period, he collaborates with Manu Grimonprez in inviting many musicians of which Michel Goldberg and Tony Pagano.  The 90's play a preponderant role in his musical pathway.  A good part of this period happening in Paris where he meets up with many musicians.  He integrates himself to the grand jazz family in palying notably with the counterbasist Ron McClure as well as with Steve Potts, Jack Cregg, George Brown...  In 1998, it it the determining meeting of the saxophonist Ricky Ford.  He participates in Ricky's Big Band as trombonist.  This collaboration goes further on as XXNAME OF THE PERSONXXXXX integrates the Ricky Ford Sextet and his participation in the recording of the CD "Song for My Mother".  Since 1997, Fred Burgazzi directs in the Brittany Region the "Ze Big Band".  He participates as well in the counterbasist Gildas Squarnec's "Jazz Unit 186", a collaboration which was cemented notably by the recording of a CD and by several concerts (invitees:  David Murray, Olivier Johnson, Archie Shepp)

Emmanuel Grimonprez - Bass

 Bass player, He studies at the CNR of Rennes and in work shop with Ricado Del Fra and Ron Mc Clure. From 1980 to 1988, he played in the West of France as a side man of soloists as Michel Grailler, Sara Lazarus and Peter King. In Paris, from 1988 he played at the Sunset, Duc des Lombards and at the New Morning with Alain Jean-Marie, Georges Arvanitas and Simon Goubert. In 1993 he wined the Lavoisier scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will make him possible to be an Artist in Residence in New York during 3 years. On the side of Bruce Barth, he will play at the Sweet Basil, Birdland, Village Gate or at Smalls. His professors are Larry Grenadier, Ed Howard, Vernel Fournier, Andy Gonzales and Barry Harris. Coming back in Paris in 1996, He plays in different clubs and teaches bass. He participates to the Christian Vander Trio (Magma) and to the Vincent Jacuzzi’s Quartet. Since 2000 he is part of the Ricky Ford’s Sextet.

Philippe Soirat - Drums

 Born in 1961 in Menton (south of France), Philippe grow up under the jazz sound that his parents are listening too. He studies at the conservatory of Monaco and at the Contemporariness Musical Center of Nice. He arrived in Paris in 1986 and goes to the informal jazz school where he has the chance to meet and plays with all the French musicians and internationals one as Barney Wilen, Ricky Ford, Lee Konitz, Lionel and Stephane Belmondo, Lou Donaldson, Dee-dee Bridgewater, Ray Brown, Laurent de Wilde, Johnny Griffin, Mark Turner…

  Contact : Dominique Ford : +33 1 30 57 38 80
Frédéric Burgazzi +33 6 83 09 49 24