Geraldine Laurent

(born in 1975, France), alto saxophonist, composer. She began her musical studies in classical piano and she began the saxophone at the age of 13 at the conservatory in Niort, her hometown. She studied in the jazz department (with the musician Floris Nico Bunik) and obtained a DEM and a Deug of musicology at the University of Poitiers. In 1999, she moved to Paris and began performing under her name in various jazz groups (the quartet of Charles Christopher Bellonzi or Joneau). She also participated in projects in contemporary dance (in 2003-2004 with the choreographer Régine Chopinot). In 2005, she founded the Time Out Trio with Yoni Zelnik (bass) and Laurent Bataille (drums). Hailed by critics and audiences, the band performed at numerous festivals in France and abroad. She was also invited to perform with musicians of the jazz scene in France. In 2007, she joined the Dreyfus Jazz label (Sony BMG): she released her first album Time Out Trio. Since 2011, she has continued to appear under her name or "sidewoman" she recorded especially with the drummer Jacques Mahieux or the pianists Antoine Hervier Mico Nissim. More recently, she has recorded for the Bee Jazz label, the disc trio, Looking for Parker, the result of a joint project with the guitarist Manu Codjia and the drummer Christophe Marguet. She also worked with singer Terez Montcalm's band for her record I know I'll be alright (universal music).
Recordings: Trio Codjia-Laurent-Marguet, Looking for Parker, Label BeeJazz, April 2013; Mico Nissim Sextet, Ornette, Dolphy tribute consequences, Label Cristal records, March 2011; Jacques Mahieux,  Family life Quartet, Label Circum, December 2011 ); Géraldine Laurent Quartet, Around Gigi (Label Dreyfus jazz, September 2010; Aldo Romano Quartet, Complete communion to Don Cherry, Label Dreyfus jazz, October 2010; Antoine Hervier trio&guests, Label Cristal Records, September 2010; Aldo Romano Quartet, Just Jazz, Label  Dreyfus jazz, May 2008; Géraldine Laurent trio, Time Out Trio, Label Dreyfus jazz, October  2007; Christophe Joneau Quartet, ici & maintenant, 2005.
Awards: 2011, Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et lettres, Ministry of Culture; 2010: French prize of the record of the Academy of Jazz; 2008: Prix Django Reinhardt of the Academy of Jazz; 2008: Victoire du Jazz (Frank Tenot prize); 2008, Trophée culture France «Créateurs sans frontières»; 2006, Django d’or (new talent); 2006: Concours Révélations Jazz in Juan-les-pins, 1st prize (jazz instrumental category) with Time Out Trio.


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