Frank Woeste feat. Ben Monder & Justin Brown

Biographie Frank Woeste feat. Ben Monder & Justin Brown

Frank Woeste
is a pianist, composer, arranger and producer living in Paris, France. Besides his work as a pianist Frank is known to have developped a unique sound on the Fender Rhodes combing the natural sound of the the rhodes piano with different effects.

He has recorded 5 albums as a leader and appears on a large number of albums as a sideman and arranger. Several of these albums have been awarded with a french « Victoires du jazz ».

After graduating from Paris Conservatory ( Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris) in 2001 Frank won several 1st or 2nd prizes in international jazz competitions : the Steinway Prize at the Montreux International Piano Competition, Jazz Hoeilaart International Competition ( Belgium) and the Gexto European Jazzcontest (Spain).

He s one of the grantees of the French American Jazz Exchange 2014 along the american trumpet player Dave Douglas. The two recorded an album together that will be released in 2016 .

He s also a grantee of the French American Jazzexchange 2015 along with american tromboniste Ryan Keberle.

He has worked with Ibrahim Maalouf , Dave Douglas, Michel Portal, Youn Sun Nah, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier , Clarence Penn Nasheet Waits Malik Mezzadri, Mederic Collignon, Stefano di Battista, Sylvain Luc and Gretchen Parlato, Jeff Ballard, Stefano di Battista among others.

He has played all the big festivals like Northsea Jazzfestival , Jazz à Vienne, Jazz in Marciac, Montreal Jazzfestival, Paris Jazzfestival, Ginza Jazzfestival Tokyo, London Jazzfestival, Jazz à Juan les pins , Nice Jazzfestival etc.

His last album « W - Double You » featuring his trio with a woodwind section and Malik Mezzadri has been nominated at the « victoires du jazz « in 2011.

His next album « Pocket Rhapsody » will be released on ACT Music in January 2016.

Several albums he s played on received also the french » Victoires » award :

Mederic Collignon - Porgy and Bess (2006) ,Mederic Collignon Jus de Bocse quartet- Shangri Tunkashi-La (2010 )Ibrahim Maalouf - Wind – (2013) ( Frank Woeste piano and arrangement with Mark Turner , Larry Grenadier and Clarence Penn) , Mederic Collignon –le roi frippé (2013) and Ibrahm Maalouf s « Illusions ».

About his latest album « W-double you » Michel Contat wrote in french Telerama Magazine « Woeste suit (..)sa trace pour les voicings de ses arrangements, extrêmement réussis, pour le phrasé, le climat harmonique, l'approche même du piano : féline, lyrique, affectueuse et tendre, turbulente par moments, intensément habitée. »

« Woeste further follows his path, with brilliant arrangements, phrasing, harmonic colour, and the approach of the piano itself : feline, lyrical, affectionate and tender, sometimes turbulent, with a strong personal imprint. »( translation) and according to the german WDR 3 ( January 2015) « One of the best german Jazzpianists « -

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