HEAR PALMER 2016
On 31st March 2017, it was Archie Shepp who honoured us with his interpretation of the 8th edition of Hear Palmer. For the occasion, this jazz legend was backed by three consummate artists: Carl-Henri Morisset, Darryl Hall and Steve McCraven.
Born in Florida in 1937, Archie Shepp is a saxophonist, composer, pianist, singer, poet and playwright. Deeply committed to the African-American Civil Rights Movement, in the 1950s he would share the stage with the era’s most revolutionary artists: Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, Jimmy Garrison… In 1962, he released his debut album alongside co-leader Bill Dixon. In 1965, Archie Shepp would join up with John Coltrane for the legendary recording Ascension. Shepp finally received the highest honour in American jazz on April 4, 2016, when he was presented with the NEA Jazz Masters award. In 2017, he will celebrate his 80th birthday.
A piano virtuoso from an early age, this Frenchman studied at the prestigious Conservatoire de Paris before founding the quartet H! Today, at just 25 years old, he accompanies Archie Shepp in numerous projects.
Residing in France for more than a decade, this Philadelphia native took first place in the 1996 Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition. Today he accompanies artists of international renown, from Robert Glasper, Ravi Coltrane and Didier Lockwood to Archie Shepp.
For more than 18 years now, this American born graduate of Berklee College of Music has accompanied Archie Shepp on the drums.
"It was a night full of discoveries, an exceptional welcome, a lively conversation, and for me, a man who grew up barefooted, in the sand of the blues, it was a day like no other. Walking under the setting sun, on the black earth, soft and rich, and still carrying the harvest, with its promise of a much anticipated nectar. An evening of magic, for the little boy, from such a different landscape, that I once was."