We recorded last March. We need a boost to help cover the costs of manufacturing the CD before we head to the States for a concert tour.


The project

"Thirteen Moons" is an original musical collaboration featuring New Orleans musician GrayHawk Perkins and Mezcal Jazz Unit, a French Jazz quartet.  




GrayHawk Perkins is a Native American who belongs to the Muskogee Nation, (Choctaw and Houma tribes .) Vocalist, percussionist and storyteller, he was born in New Orleans, where he lives and performs with his group The Grayhawk Band



Mezcal Jazz Unit is a band based in Montpellier, France. The group is defined by its longevity ( 27 years !) and its international collaborations with musicians worldwide (www.mezcaljazzunit.com)

The members of the band are:

Christophe AZEMA, alto & baritone saxophones

Jean Marie FREDERIC, guitars

Emmanuel de GOUVELLO, electric bass

Vivian PERES, drums



At the heart of this collaboration is a unique collection of chants in the Mobilian trade language.

The compositions by GrayHawk Perkins, based on traditional songs refer to the thirteen moons of the Native American calendar. Emmanuel de Gouvello, bass player and composer added his own musical universe to the compositions which he arranged using harmonies and rhythms from the world of jazz.

To choose to put these songs at the center of the collaboration between musicians of different cultures and musical backgrounds in a language historically used to break down barriers and foster understanding is a deliberate move to restore and honor the language and the people that used it.



The Mobilian trade language was used as a lingua franca among Native American groups living along the Gulf of Mexico around the time of the European settlement of the region. Mobilian facilitated trade between tribes speaking different languages as well as with European settlers.


The "Thirteen Monns" project

This project began in June 2012 with a residency in New Orleans and a first series of concerts in Louisiana, and was followed by a tour in France in February 2013, including some recording sessions.

These recording sessions were held at the Studio Conti (Pézenas, France) with the indispensable Michel Denis, and to top that off, two surprise guest appearances  (Lionel Martinez on percussions and Emmanuel Beer on the Hammond organ).

It is this recording, now mixed that we want to manufacture.

It will be an invaluable communication tool for our next concert tour in February 2014: a dozen concerts in Louisiana and New York. (USA)


More informations about the "Thirteen Moons" project



Some pictures

June 2012: First rehearsals in New Orleans, featuring Mark St James on guitar








Live in LaFayette, LA





Live at the Dew Drop, Mandeville, LA



February 2013: The French Tour


At school, telling indian stories and singing songs together







The Thirteen Moons Live

















With Michel Denis, the Soundman. Recording sessions at Studio Conti



On the TV ( FR3 Montpellier Network )


Why fund it?

The CD « Thirteen Moons »  will be released on our house label “Emoi/Mezcal Production” and will be distributed online by Musea ( France) and CD Baby (USA), pending distribution.


We need to come up with the inevitable costs linked to the manufacture of the CD.


Pressing the CD

Jacket design

SDRM fees


If you want to help us, this is where you come in!!!


If we happen to exceed our requested amount, anything over that will be used to finance a extra pressing in the USA (this is more accessible and easier to distribute for GrayHawk).


So, don’t hesitate to continue to support us if the initial amount has been attained.

Thanks in advance!

mezcal jazz unit

Established since 1986 near Montpellier and conducted by the bass player and composer Emmanuel de Gouvello, MEZCAL JAZZ UNIT plays its own creative music, with mixed influences, in phase with the main actual french jazz streams. Here, the word "jazz" has to be understood with the largest signification, meaning: no musical conformism, open mind,... See more

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Newest comments

Hello à vous et bises, Gilles
MERDE !! bises à tous
j aurai bien aime le concert prive mais j ai pas les moyens en ce moment! une prochaine fois!! good luck et big hughs!