Frederic Monino, a self taught musician, took up the electric bass at age 15. In 1988 he began to devote himself entirely to jazz and improvised music, playing with various well known artists in the south of France like Siegfried Kessler trio and Tony Pagano trio, Gérard Pansanel, Philippe Petrucciani and Michel Marre. Selected for the Lumiere Big Band by Laurent Cugny in 1991, Frédéric got the chance to further his experience in Paris where he recorded with the Antoine Illouz quintet participated in the actress Clementine Celarié's flamenco ensemble and played on the original soundtrack of Les trois Freres with the Les Inconnus. In 1994, he became a member of the French National Jazz Orchestra (O.N.J) under the direction of Laurent Cugny. He played in the 10th anniversary celebration of the orchestra along with former conductors such as François Jeanneau, Claude Barthelemy, Denis Badault and Antoine Herve , who composed for the occasion a work for 5 string bass and big band: Rue des Lombard ( refer to the article Guitar and Bass). As a member of the French National Jazz Orchestra, he participated in the Montpellier and Radio-France music festival, playing with the Montpellier Philharmonic Orchestra. The award winning national orchestra was honoured for the album Reminiscing in 1996, by Jazzman Magazine, as one of the ten best albums of the year and the Boris Vian Academy prize for jazz. The orchestra won the Golden Django award for the best French jazz orchestra in 1997. Frédéric regularly appears in the French and European Jazz circuit.
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