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Frederic Yonnet

Primary Instrument: Harmonica

Frederic Yonnet

When it comes to the harmonica, French-born jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet knows how to turn skeptics into believers. Most people perceive the harmonica as a “side” instrument used in country and blues. However, Yonnet is one of a handful of musicians to successfully demonstrate the harmonica’s versatility as a lead instrument in contemporary jazz, as well as other genres of music.

Self-described as an “old spirit”, you know after listening to one set that Yonnet has “been here before”. As one of the youngest professional mouth harp virtuosos, he began his harmonica career at age 19. Since then, he has devoted all of his time to performing in Parisian jazz and blues clubs and touring Spain, Germany, Africa and the U.S. Formerly, a frequent guest musician on the French television network Canal Plus, Yonnet is quickly changing the groove and image typically associated with the harmonica and harmonica players....
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As a Leader

Front & Center
FYI Music Group
2005
Tracks: Boggie on Reggae Woman; Days of Wine and Roses; Eden Legrand; God Bless the Child; What a Wonderful World; Artspace 2.0; For The Love of You; Time After Time; What's Going On; Autumn Leaves; Amazing Grace

Personnel: Frédéric Yonnet | harmonica |
Michael Bowie & David Dyson | bass |
Stanley Cooper & Michel Randrianarisoa | guitar |
Vince Evans | keys |
Patrick Ferbac & Amadou N'Gome | percussion |
Jay Nichols & Eric Valentine | drum |

Blowing Your Mind In Every Key of the Harp
FYI Music Group
2001
Tracks: Amazing Grace, Artspace. Chicken, Eden Legrand and Autumn Leaves

Personnel: Frédéric Yonnet | harmonica |
Lorenzo Sands | bass |
Stanley | guitar |
Eric Valentine | drum |

As A Side Musician

Middle C Music Jazz All Stars
Levy, Yonnet, Bowie, Fraize and Howe
Independent
2004
Tracks: Blues on Middle C; Jessie’s Blues; Peter’s Rhythm; Footsteps to the Start; Little Wing; How High the Moon; Prelude and Samba
Personnel: Frederic Yonnet | harmonica |
Peter Fraize | tenor sax |
Jim Levy | piano|
Michael Bowie | bass |
Warren Howe | percussion |
Alejandro Lucini | percussion |

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