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Jean-Michel Pilc, piano
Francois Moutin, bass
Ari Hoenig, drums


Born in 1960 in Paris and now an American citizen, self-taught pianist Jean-Michel Pilc has performed with numerous giants in the music field, including Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Rick Margitza, Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, the Mingus Dynasty & Big Band, Lew Soloff, and Richard Bona. He has also worked with Harry Belafonte as his musical director and pianist. Pilc's most recent recording is a trio record with Billy Hart and Boris Kozlov entitled True Story on Dreyfus Records. His next albums will be released on the Motema label, one featuring his live solo playing and one featuring his legendary trio with François Moutin & Ari Hoenig, which re-formed in 2010 under the collective name Pilc/Moutin/Hoenig and is featured in this performance at the Blue Note. Finally, a number of new projects are in the works: Whistle Band, featuring his virtuoso piano playing and whistling (documented on a solo piano & whistle track on the CD Christmas from the Blue Note, released in 2010 on Half Note Records); Re-Evolution, a special project featuring Richard Bona on bass; and Kiddy Jazz, a project bringing jazz to children.


Bassist Francois Moutin was born in Paris. By age 27, he was playing in the legendary Martial Solal's trio and was already recognized as one of the finest young bass players in Europe. During his time in Euope, he co-led the Moutin Reunion Quartet with his twin brother Louis and worked regularly with some of the greatest musicians in modern jazz, including Michel Portal, Antoine Herve, Daniel Humair, André Ceccarelli, Eric Lelann, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Christian Escoude. In 1997, Moutin moved to New York and quickly found steady work with the premier artists on the New York jazz scene, including Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Toots Thielemans, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Monty Alexander, Billy Hart, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Harry Belafonte, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Adam Rogers, Ben Monder, and many others. He is a familiar presence on the stages of such New York establishments as the Jazz Standard, Birdland, the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, the Jazz Gallery, Smoke, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and Symphony Space. He has also appeared in many major jazz festivals around the US, including the Newport JVC Jazz Festival, the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Kansas City Jazz Festival. He has also performed in virtually every important European jazz festival and has toured in over 30 countries.


As a drummer, Ari Hoenig's success has been unprecedented. Growing up in Philadelphia, his parents' influence exposed him to a variety of alternative musical experiences. He attended the prestigious University of North Texas for three years, where he studied with Ed Soph while playing in the One O'Clock Lab Band. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Brooklyn, and he has since found himself playing extensively with variety of groups, including the Jean-Michel Pilc Trio, the Kenny Werner Trio, Chris Potter's Underground, the Kurt Rosenwinkel Group, the Joshua Redman Elastic Band, the Jazz Mandolin Project, and bands led by Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, Richard Bona, Pat Martino, Dave Leibman, and Bojan Z. Hoenig formed the Ari Hoenig Quartet at the end of 2002 while playing steadily every Monday night at the New York Village jazz club Fat Cat. The group released two records on the Smalls Records label: The Painter (2004) and the DVD Kinetic Hues (2005). Currently, Hoenig leads two bands which both play his original music. In addition, his quartet Punk Bop features Will Vinson on alto, Jonathan Kreisberg or Gilad Hekselman on guitar, and Matt Penman on bass.


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