Norbert Bouche, after studying in the south of France near Nice, he went to Paris in 2000, where he cofounded the collective of musicians and singers “Le Bringuebal” reviving the spirit of the french dancing and revisiting the french “chanson”.
Since then, he has multiplied the meetings and collaborations with different styles of music (swing manouche, rock, post – rock, french song, world music and oriental music) in different groups (Møn, Saad el Sund, Monsieur Jacquet). In 2014 he founded the Norbert Bouche Quartet and remains committed to the energy and vitality of jazz swing.
In parallel since 2010, he regularly comes to Greece and has collaborated with Greek musicians. He participated in a tour in Mount Pelion with “Les enfants de Pigalle” and Rémi Cavat in 2013.
Benjamin Blackstone – Guitar
Benjamin Blackstone was raised in Val d’ Oise, France. He began his studies in music playing the oboe and then the alto sax before he turned into the guitar at the age of 15.
Oriented towards rock music at first, he quickly discovered gypsy jazz (jazz manouche) through the recordings of the guitarist Django Reinhardt. After completing his studies in musicology at the University Paris IV Sorbonne (graduate degree in jazz where he studied under Alain Cugny) and in jazz guitar at the National Conservatory in the Cergy Pontoise region (Val d’ Oise), he moved to Paris to continue his music studies.
In Paris, he attended many jazz & jazz manouche training programs where he studied under the masters of the style. With the group “Monsieur Jacquet”, he played many concerts in France and abroad, and he recorded with Florin Niculescu and Tchavolo Schmitt (who interpreted Benjamin’s first composition in the style of gypsy jazz in the album “Black Manouche Cavalcade”).
He is also a member of the rock group “Venyce” with many concerts in France and abroad, while he also participates in various projects involving different styles of music.
Apart from being a professional musician, he teaches music at the music school Sannios 95 in Val d’ Oise.
Yiannis Tziallas was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He began his studies in music at the age of 7 playing the classical guitar. He studied with Evangelos Assimakopoulos and Bessy Diagoma in Nakkas music school of Athens where he also studied jazz guitar with Yiotis Samaras and Yorgos Krommydas.
After finishing his studies in History and Archaeology in the University of Athens and entering the Panteion University of Athens for post-graduate studies in Political Sciences, he comes across the recordings of Django Reinhard and decides to study this style of jazz to Paris, France.
In Paris, at the age of 28, he enrols into Swing Romane Academy where he studies under Romane himself, Boulou Ferre, Romain Constant, Daniel John Martin, Gilles Rea, Derek Sebastian and completes the “Formation Complete Artiste Musicien” in 2011. Since then he has attended lots of workshops and has taken private lessons with many masters of the style (Samy Daussat, Noe Reinhardt, Stephane Wrembel, Pierre Manetti).
He also plays traditional greek, rebetiko and mediterranean music with the band “Rebetroika” and with the orchestre “Parthenon”, with whom he plays concerts in France and abroad and works as a session guitarist in various projects.
Guillaume is a self-taught musician born in Paris, France. He started with electric bass performing afro-american music such as blues, funk and soul then progressively turned to double bass. He studied jazz and traditional music from Eastern Europe and West Africa and collaborated to several projects (gipsy jazz, swing, folk song, spoken word, african music,…). He studied ethnomusicology, and went to Mali for a research about hunter music. This period had a great influence on his playing and gave him strong keys to approaching other musical concepts. He joined the Conservatory of Music of Montpellier to improve his jazz skills with Serge Lazarevicth.
He played with Monsieur Jacquet band for 8 years with Norbert Bouche and Benjamin Blackstone. They recorded the album “Black Manouche Cavalcade” in 2008. The band played on several stages and festivals, and toured in Eastern Europe (Bosnia, Macedonia, Serbia,…). In 2007 he created “Kungobram”, an afro-jazz instrumental band which is a mix between jazz and west-african styles. The band collaborated 4 years with the slammer Nëggus whom composed and played on important stages in France, and recorded the album “Social Groove” in 2013.