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Christian Escoudé is born in 1947. His father, gypsy and guitarist, plays in the popular dances of the region. His father has boundless passion for Django Reinhardt that he passes on to his son and introduces him to the guitar at the age 10. Five year later Christian begins a musician's career.

Christian Escoudé is part of a small jazz guitarist's familly coming out from the Manouche circle: Thus, he built up his own guitar style, a mix of be-bop approach widely tinged with Tzigane influence. He demonstrate a great melodic feeling, using “gypsy” inflexions , such as vibrato and portamento, hot runs and a large, profound sound. He distinguishes itself by the quite personal way it uses arpeggios on the systems semitone / tone.

At the Jazz In, where he plays «after Hours» in 1972, he met with the trio of Eddy Louiss, Bernard Lubat and Aldo Romano. Later on he join Didier Levallet's”Swing String System”, and Michel Portal'sMichel Portal Unit. In 1976, l'Académie du jazz award him the Prix Django Reinhardt, meanwhile a new quartet take form with Michel Graillier, Aldo Romano, and Alby Cullaz the later soon replaced by Jean-François Jenny-Clark. He can also be heard (as free-lance) alongside Michel Portal or with Slide Hampton, Martial Solal and Jean-Claude Fohrenbach.

In 1978, the Festival de Nice offers him the opportunity to records with the quartet of John Lewis as well as to play with Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Philly Joe Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Konitz, Shelly Manne, Elvin Jones... Starting in 1978, He participates almost every year to the Festival de Samois, organized in homage to Django Reinhardt.

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Christian Escoude Concerts

Date Detail Price
Oct17Sat
Christian Escoude
Sunset-Sunside
Paris, France

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Album Holydays by Christian Escoude

Holydays

Unknown label
2007

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