BIOGRAPHY

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FRED NARDIN (pianist, organist, composer, and arranger):

Born in 1987, Fred Nardin started playing the piano at age five. He entered the Conservatoire de Chalon-sur-Saône to study classical music and later became part of the jazz class there, directed by Sylvain Beuf. At eighteen, he joined the Department of Jazz and Improvised Music at the Conservatoire de Paris. He graduated in 2011 alongside Hervé Sellin, Riccardo Del Fra, François Theberge, Glenn Ferris, and Dré Pallemaerts. Two years later, his passion for writing and cinema led him to take a film score writing class directed by Laurent Petitgirard and Marie-Jeanne Serero.


In 2010, with Jon Boutellier, Bastien Ballaz, and David Enhco, he founded the Amazing Keystone Big Band, which brought together eighteen of the most promising young musicians from the Lyon and Paris scenes. Their debut album, Pierre et le Loup... et le jazz, a re-adaptation for jazz big band of Prokofiev’s famous piece, read by Denis Podalydès and Leslie Menu, won the Académie du Jazz award for Best French Jazz Album in 2013. It was followed by Le Carnaval jazz des animaux, read by Edouard Baer, ​​released in October 2015; Monsieur Django et Lady Swing, read by Guillaume Gallienne, released in November 2017; and La voix d’Ella read by Vincent Dedienne, released in November 2018. The Amazing Keystone Big Band has also collaborated with many internationally acclaimed artists, such as Quincy Jones, Rhoda Scott, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Zaz, Charles Aznavour, Liz McComb, Nikki Yanofsky, James Carter, Gregory Porter, China Moses, Sarah McKenzie, and Bill Mobley. In 2018, it was awarded a Victoires du Jazz award in the category Best Band of the Year.


In 2017, Nardin received the Prix Django Reinhardt (French Musician of the Year 2016) from the Académie du Jazz, and in 2018 he was nominated for a Victoires du Jazz award in the category Rising Artist.


He currently performs in a trio with Leon Parker and Or Bareket and in many other bands, such as the Fred Nardin/Jon Boutellier 4tet, the Stefano Di Battista 4tet, the Hugo Lippi 4tet, the Switch Trio, the Sophie Alour Trio, the Gael Horellou Organ Trio, and the Amazing Keystone Big Band.


In parallel with his career as a musician, he taught jazz piano at the Chalon-sur-Saône regional Conservatoire (from 2009 to 2015) and arrangement and jazz piano at the Pôle d’Enseignement Supérieur de la Musique de Bourgogne (from 2011 to 2015). He is also a regular speaker at the Didier Lockwood Music Center and several renowned workshops.


He has also distinguished himself by performing with Stefano Di Battista, Lionel and Stephane Belmondo, Fabrizio Bosso, André Ceccarelli, Evan Christopher, Jesse Davis, Joël Frahm, Rodney Green, Eric Harland, Nancy Harms, Scott Hamilton, Benjamin Henocq, Baptiste Herbin, Max Ionata, Biréli Lagrène, Ralph Lalama, Didier Lockwood, Fabien Mary, Don Menza, Charnett Moffett, Gary Smulyan, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Joe Sanders, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Veronica Swift, Stochelo Rosenberg, Saul Rubin, and many others.

Discography

Leader / Co-leader
•2020: Fred Nardin Trio / Single - In The Skies "Live at New Morning" (Naïve)
•2019: Fred Nardin Trio / Look Ahead (Naïve)
•2018: The Amazing Keystone Big Band / We love Ella (Nôme)
•2018: The Amazing Keystone Big Band / La voix d’Ella (Nôme)
•2017: The Amazing Keystone Big Band / Django Extended (Nôme)
•2017: The Amazing Keystone Big Band / Mr Django & Lady Swing (Nôme)
•2017: Fred Nardin Trio / Opening (Jazz Family 034)
•2017: The Amazing Keystone Big Band / Live au Crescent (Nôme)
•2016: Fred Nardin / JonBoutellier 4tet / Watt's (Gaya)
•2015: The Amazing Keystone Big Band / Le Carnaval jazz des animaux (Nôme)
•2014: Switch Trio / At home (Black&Blue)
•2013: The Amazing Keystone Big Band / Pierre et le Loup et le Jazz (Le Chant du Monde/ Harmonia Mundi)
•2013: The Amazing Keystone Big Band / Live à Jazz à Vienne (Moose)


Sideman
•2019: Nancy Harms / She (Gazelle records)
•2019: Hugo Lippi / Comfort Zone (Gaya Music)
•2017: The Amazing Keystone Big Band / Jazz Loves Disney vol.2 (Verve)
•2017: Alex Freiman / Play it Gentle (Gaya Music)
•2016: Jean-Philippe Scali / Low Down (Gaya Music)
•2016: Gaël Horellou Trio / Moral de fer (Le petit label)
•2016: Patricia Bonner / A song for you (Teranga production)
•2015: Véronique Hermann Sambin / Basalte (JazzFamily)
•2014: Zaz / Paris (Play on)
•2014: Gaël Horellou Trio / Roy (Le petit label)
•2014: Sophie Alour Trio / Shaker (Naive)
•2009: Big Band Chalon Bourgogne / À l'arbre par la fenêtre (CDABBCB)