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sebastien girardot

sebastien girardot

Bassist Sébastien Girardot has built a highly personal style on a foundation of classical training and early experience with New Orleans Revival style groups. Powerful and swinging, he is in wide demand across Europe and has appeared at the continents' foremost jazz festivals and clubs alongside musicians such as Leroy Jones, Harry Allen, Shannon Powell, Dan Barrett, Evan Christopher, Lillian Boutté and John Allred. Mr. Girardot has also developed his international reputation on recordings for jazz labels including GHB, Jazz Crusade, Fremeaux, Jazzology and Black & Blue.

Now 30 years old, and after more than a decade of Parisian living, Sebastien has developed into an extremely versatile musician, well-versed in many early 20th Century musical styles from blues to swing,  biguine to choro and Gypsy jazz. He works regularly in two Hot Club bands: the Aurore Quartet and Evan Christopher's “Django à la Créole”, drawing heavily on his New Orleans background as well as his knowledge of creole rhythms and Django's Music. His other current projects include a Nat King Cole trio with Harry Kanters and David Blenkhorn, the Jazz Traditions Project with Evan Christopher, and the Paris-Sydney Swing Connection with George Washingmachine and Michel Pastre. Recently, Sébastien was also part of PBS's recent performing arts series in a documentary entitled "From Harlem to Montmartre".

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Sébastien discovered the bass as a young man. By the time he had left the great continent for Paris at the age of 18, he had toured internationally as a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and was part of Tom Baker's All-Star Band at Wangaratta. He had performed at Australia's premier jazz festivals such as Melbourne International, Manly and Thredbo alongside some fantastic musicians and diverse bands including Bob Barnard, the Hoodangers, Geoff Bull, the Louisiana Shakers, the Band Who Knew Too Much and Allan Browne

Generates a remarkably cohesive and constant swing - Jazzman FRANCE
French national Sebastien Girardot is perfect - Jazz Classique FRANCE

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