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Paris Combo

Paris Combo


Paris Combo

Wednesday, February 15, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Paris Combo
From Paris With Love Series: Week of Love  
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Paris Combo

Delightfully cosmopolitan and seductively swinging, Paris Combo is as diverse and sophisticated as the city from which the band hails. Combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret, the quintet mixes in Latin and North African rhythms for good measure. Holding all the diverse elements together is the sprightly vocalist Belle du Berry, who’s joined by Australian trumpeter/keyboardist David Lewis, virtuoso bassist Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac, French drummer François Jeannin, and Potzi, an Algerian Gypsy guitarist whose virtuosic style and natty appearance recalls Django Reinhardt. Formed in the early 1990s, the group had its origin in the retro review Champêtres de Joie, which performed in the historic Berry Zèbre cinema in Paris’ Belleville district and collaborated with renowned choreographer Philippe Decouflé at the closing ceremony of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. The band recorded four studio albums and a live session while touring the world incessantly until disbanding in 2005 to pursue other interests. Regrouping for their first album in six years, Paris Combo recently released 5, a session with all surreal humor, showmanship, and irresistible bounce that have come to define this entrancing quintet. They return for these exclusive Valentine's Day performances.

Artist Personnel

Belle du Berry vocals
David Lewis trumpet, flugelhorn, piano
Potzi guitar
Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac bass
François Jeannin drums, vocals

Artist Website

"Over the course of five albums, the Paris Combo has fired the imagination of anyone who likes their music cool, continental, witty and more than a little mysterious. " — Boston Herald
"Swinging cabaret songs of the 1930's, with an airy chanteuse and touches of Django Reinhardt-styled guitar. " — The New York Times
"…a cool, refreshing dip into the deep end of some seriously fun Frenchness. " —
"My favorite French cultural export of the past decade is this French quintet, a quirky jazz-cabaret outfit that likes to take detours into exotic realms from time to time. " — Seattle Times

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