Laurent Mignard DUKE ORCHESTRA

Paris, France

Bandleader, composer, arranger and trumpeter, Laurent Mignard followed a varied musical training before studying closely most styles of jazz. As a composer, he is passionate about Claude Debussy, Henri Dutilleux, Toru Takemitsu and Duke Ellington, seeking the balance between serenity and surprise. From his first album (Face à Face 1998), he innovated by putting together a jazz trio and a cello quartet. Since 2002, he leads his Pocket Quartet (three albums: Suites, Alter Tropicus, Good News) with whom he was praised “Jazz Revelation” at Juan les Pins Festival 2005. He founded his Duke Orchestra in 2003, and conducts this ensemble recognized as the best Ellingtonian orchestra in activity - according to the Duke Ellington Music Society - on the biggest stages : Jazz à Vienne festival, Beirut, Cork, Saint-Sulpice, Radio France, Beijing Opera, Shanghai Spring Festival … The first album “Duke Ellington is alive” received the “Grand Prix 2009” from the “Hot Club of France”, and "Ellington French Touch" was acclaimed "album of the year 2012" (jazz magazine / jazzman). Aiming to broaden the audience, Laurent Mignard conceived the “Train du Jazz”, initiated la Maison du Duke (Duke’s place in Paris) and founded the Provins Duke Festival. In 2014, Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra was officially endorsed by the Duke Ellington Center For The Arts chaired by Mercedes Ellington, to contribute to spread the work and the values of Duke Ellington. References - Laureate of the National Jazz Contest La Défense 2002 - Révelation 2005 festival Jazz à Juan, 1st prize jazz instrumental Label : Juste une Trace