One of the world’s great drummers, with his perfect touch André Ceccarelli has added passionate playing to the music of Gino Vanelli, Brian Auger, Tina Turner, Tanya Maria, the Brecker Brothers, Jean-Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, and Stan Getz, among many, many others. Jazzy, funky, worldly, the #1 drummer in France has a string of solo albums including West Side Story, 61’32", and the award-winning The Hat Snatcher, each revealing a drummer of tremendous diversity, ability, taste and vision. The winner of numerous awards, including the career-honoring Grand Prix du Jazz del la Sacem, André is always moving forward, with recent exploits including a lengthy Grammy-winning stint with Dee Dee Bridgewater, and now his own exciting band, SUD.
"The tempo, sonny, stick to it!" This piece of advice his father, himself a drummer, would give him, has stuck to André Ceccarelli’s memory. He even has it at his fingertips. Drawing on sixty, “Dédé” still exudes the same zest for playing which was part and parcel of the teenager on his way to Paris to make his début in a rock band (Les Chats Sauvages). And on top of that a comprehensive field experience - from accompanying singers to playing in great music groups - and one can easily understand why as early as 1998 Mr Ceccarelli was granted the Great jazz Award by the French copyright management society “Sacem” as an acknowledgement of his whole career.
The leading drummer from Nice is not the kind of musician to rest on his laurels. He drives his brand new trio at full speed with the gusto of a younger player. His two fellow players are up to par with him:Biréli Lagrène, a guitar virtuoso, a soul mate he had already invited to play in his latest album and Joey DeFrancesco, an American organ player in the tradition of Jimmy Smith. The three of them don’t make one brood, a far cry from it, and they set the whole audience on fire with a brand of music to be tasted at leisure.