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News from The Kitchen

The Kitchen

The Kitchen in the Hell's Kitchen is actually a real kitchen, with a stove, a fridge, a little round table, but also a drum kit, amps, mics, protools, and but not least, windows into the sky. Sessions and rehearsals have always been part of the kitchen life, i record pretty much everything that goes down in it, including Matt Lavelle's CD "Goodbye NewYork, Hello World" and Michael Marcus' "The Magic Door". Also 2 projects on ESP's desk, waiting for approval, one with Steve Swell and Jay Rosen as a trio, and one with Matt Lavelle new Quintet, with Catherine Sikora, Ras Moshe, Dave Miller and myself. . .

Giussepi Logan

In the Kitchen again, with Giussepi Logan, his son Jaee Logan, Matt Lavelle on trumpet, Dave Miller on drums and myself on contrabass

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François Grillot - bassist, composer

François GrillotOriginally from Burgundy, France, François Grillot has been based in NYC since 1980.
François has studied bass with greats like Mickey Bass, Harvie S and Linda Mcnight, went to City College of NYC to study harmony and jazz structures, and has accomplished numbers of musical projects since.
He currently leads his own ensemble, Contraband, and has released the 1st recording under his name.

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Featured Project

About “Contraband”

Contraband - François Grillot

Contraband is my most recent band with Catherine Sikora, Anders Nilsson, Roy Campbell, Daniel Levin and Jay Rosen. Our first release of Contraband had just been released; it was recorded at the Hell's Kitchen Jazz Festival last spring on 56Kitchen Records.

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Featured Recording

About “Contraband”

Contraband - François Grillot

This is the first recording by Contraband featuring Catherine Sikora (saxophones), Roy Campbell (trumpet, flute), Anders Nilsson (guitar), Daniel Levin (cello), François Grillot (contrabass) and Jay Rosen (drums).
Recorded on May 27th 2011 at the Church Of All Nations, New York, during the Hell's Kitchen Cultural Center Jazz Festival.

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