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Re-inventing jazz violin


Jean Luc Ponty is featured live in concert with his band.


Jean Luc Ponty, electric violin
William Lecompte, keyboards
Guy Nsangué Akwa, bass
Thierry Arpino, drums
Moustapha Cissé, percussion

Ponty started out as a classical musicians and came from a family of classical musicians. His father taught violin and his mother taught piano.

A very skilled classical player he graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with its highest honor, Premier Prix.

To make extra money, Ponty played clarinet in a college jazz group. Inspired my Miles and 'Trane, he started to take jazz more and more seriously.

After working a "double shift" for years - classical rehearsals and performance during the day and evening and late night jazz jamming late into the early hours of the morning - he decided to make the leap and jazz violin - a much neglected instrument - got a much needed shot in the arm

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