JAZZ ARTISTS

 

MONCEF GENOUD

PIANO CONCERT 

A professional musician since 1983, Moncef quickly asserted himself as one of Switzerland’s leading Jazz artists, thanks in part to the body of work he assembled with his Trio. In the course of his career he has played with the likes of Bob Berg, Alvin Queen, Reggie Johnson, Harold Danko, John Stubblefield, Joe LaBarbera, Michael Brecker, Larry Grenadier, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Stewart, Idris Muhammad, James Cammack, Jack DeJohnette, Tom Warrington, Scott Colley, and Grégoire Maret, among many others.

In 1993 his Trio was the opening act for Tete Monteliu and Michel Petrucciani. The rest of the 1990’s saw him tour all of Europe as well as India, Australia, Africa, Japan, the United States and Canada as a headliner. In 1994 he delighted the audience at the Vancouver and Montreal Jazz Festivals with brilliant performances. The following year he performed in Africa, where he and Youssou N’Dour became close friends. The two have since then played together on numerous occasions, developing a new African-Jazz sound, and were the main protagonists in the acclaimed 2006 documentary entitled “Return to Gorée” (CAB Productions). The project followed several musicians as they travel the route of West-African slaves from Senegal to the United States, while revisiting the musical evolution from Negro spirituals to Gospel to Jazz along the way.

In December 2014 Moncef released “Pop Song,” his 12th album as a leader, in which he adapts several classics of the Pop repertoire into Jazz. The tunes, ranging from “Message In A Bottle” by The Police to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, to “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix or The Doors’ “Light My Fire,” mark an interesting and playful departure from Genoud’s traditional jazz trio sound. An avid traveler who loves to discover new places, cultures, and flavors, Moncef looks forward to reaching even more people with his music, on the road of his tour schedules and exciting life journey. 

 

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ERNIE ODOOM

SINGER

Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Ernie graduated from The University of Glasgow in 1984. As a micro-chip designer he was able to travel over Europe and the US and indeed to exercise a hobby which gradually took more and more importance in his life - music. By 2002 Ernie was a full-time musician.

Ernie was co-founder of the funk collective PPA+, whose charismatic horn section has been emblematic on the Geneva music scene since 1999. PPA+ has featured many guest artists, including such famous names as James Taylor. Ernie began the now famous once-monthly BlaKat Jam Sessions in Geneva's Chat Noir, which he still runs to this day. During 2002/2003 Ernie hosted a twice-weekly jazz evening at the famous Bangkok jazz club Brown Sugar.

Changing his focus from saxophone to singing in 2003, Ernie recorded with LeBocalon a Tribute to Frank Zappa. Selling more than 6000 copies, the album features Rita Marcotulli and Glenn Ferris.

Ernie obtained the Prix du Festival at Crest Vocal Jazz competition in 2004 and went on to form the piano-voice duo E'MOW and the progressive pop quartet Liquid Groovement with pianist Michel Wintsch, who is a reference in improvised music in Switzerland. In 2008 Ernie began work with a new trio, The Glenn Ferris "Wheel", with Glenn Ferris on trombone and Bruno Rousselet on double bass.

As Ex-President of the improvised music association AMR, and founder of a new jazz club, Jaydo's Jazz Café, Ernie takes an active part in the promotion and organisation of jazz events in the Geneva region.

 

DANIEL LEVEILLÉ

TAP PERFORMANCE

Daniel Leveillé started tap dancing at the age of 5, won the IDO Tap Dance World Championships in the children category at age 8, and went on to win six more gold medals in the junior and adult solo categories between 2006 and 2013.

Daniel has taken classes and workshops in Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, France, Belgium and in the USA with Barbara Duffy, Derick Grant, Lane Alexander, Jason Janas, Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith and many other prominent tap dancers

Since 2016, Daniel is a member of the world acclaimed show "Stomp", created in 1991 and touring across the globe ever since.

Over the past few years, he has been invited to give workshops in Czech Republic, England, Germany, Israel, France, Spain, Sweden, Russian and in the United States.
Daniel regularly performs on stage in Switzerland and abroad and has been invited by the Association for Contemporary Dance in Geneva to perform tap solos on various occasions. He particularly enjoys improvising with jazz musicians and has appeared in TV shows in Switzerland, Germany and in the Ukraine, as “guest star” in the local adaptation of So You Think You Can Dance.
Daniel is fluent in French, English and Russian.

AZANIA NOAH

SINGER

Few people are born with the gift of instantly touching people’s hearts with their voice. Azania is one of them ! 

 

Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, this award-winning, multi-cultural artist was born and raised in the U.S. & in Switzerland.

Azania Noah’s captivating voice, powerful energy and lovely charisma make her a phenomenal performer and a joy to see on stage.

She has performed over 800 concerts around Europe, the U.S., Africa and in Asia. She is just as comfortable in major music festivals, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, as she is singing for Presidents and politicians such as the U.K.’s Tony Blair.

In Paris, she won first prize in the French T.V. competition “Graines de Star” which was the first French show similar to ‘American Idol’. She also recently featured on the famous TV show “The Voice” in France (TF1 TV) seen by over 8 million viewers internationally.

As an avid songwriter as well, Azania’s lyrics are often enriched with uplifting and positive messages and her debut album, Rising, was inspired by the groovy old school soul and funk era, interlaced with jazz and pop.

 

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