About the Jazz Traditions Project
In January, 2006, clarinetist Evan Christopher, exiled from a flooded New Orleans, accepted an invitation from the City of Paris in conjunction with the Cultural Services Department of the French Embassy in the United States. He assembled a rhythm section of young, enthusiastic Paris-based musicians who shared his passion for New Orleans musics and classic jazz idioms, and together, they formed the Jazz Traditions Project.
Dedicated to exploring the vocabulary of early jazz styles, the quartet aims to extends the tradition with dynamic presentations that emphasize fundamental values of virtuosity and individual expression while celebrating the tradition's contemporaneity.
Their debut in famed Parisian hot-spots such as Caveau de la Huchette and Le Bilboquet led to summer festival appearances in the South of France and invitations to perform for the 25th Annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans and for the venerable Sidney Bechet Society in New York City. Their first recording "Introduction: Live at the Meridien," was recorded in the Meridien Hotel's prestigious Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in Paris. Studio material has recently been released by New Orleans label STR Digital Records as "In Sidney's Footsteps," Volume III of Evan Christopher's Clarinet Road Series.
The JazzTraditions PROJECT:
Evan Christopher, Sebastien Girardot, Guillaume Nouaux & David Blenkhorn