Soul music Group

no-jazz-studio

Nojazz: an exciting name, two syllables thrown together to create a rather provocative slogan!

It all started in 2000’ with the meeting of 5 musicians from various musical backgrounds, but willing to explore new musical areas and create a new sound.

Five strong and complementary personalities. Five musicians with a spooky and fun cyberfunk look, haunted by only one idea: make the audience dance and transport them into the heart of the new electro sound-revolution.

If there’s one concept with noJazz, it’s simply: to mix the spirit of soul music and jazz from its origins (ballroom dancing and improvisation) with modern day hypnotic sounds. Soul & jungle, trip-hop, melodies and samples, hard bop funk with some drum’n’bass dressing, it’s a marriage between swing and electro.

Band members

Photo credit: Franck FOLLET

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Philippe Balatier (aka dj Balatman), perfomed with Isaac Hayes, Didier Lockwood, Yannick Noah, etc … Keyboard and samples magician, fan of James Brown & the Propellerheads – “keyboard riffs worthy of Joe Zawinul and Richard Tee’s soft & crunchy grooves (Keyboard Mgazine)”

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Pascal Reva (aka Bilbo), drummer, multi–instrumentalist, with a background in pop-rock music. Played with Patricia Kaas, Mano Solo, Calogéro, Imuvrini… “powerful and provocative loops with cunning minimalism, sexy sequences that are refined & bewitching to the listener yet made of great complexity by this solid & creative drummer.”

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François Mpondo (aka Jeffrey) his golden voice has lead him to many different projects, especially in cinema (Walt Disney films, Single Larusso, opening ceremonies for the Vladivostok Film Festival (Russia) & the Guanajuato (Mexico)… Gifted with enormous presence on stage, he brilliantly interprets noJazz-s soul/funk titles.

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Philippe Sellam (aka Captain Slam) Saxophonist, he has played with Gil Evans, John Scofield, Roy Hargrove – “saxophone choruses by Wayne Shorter with a hint of Jan Garbarek playing with Canonball Aderley with a glass of Wilton Felder. ECM-like ethnic colors, but that could make the Swedish ice melt” (Jazz Mag)

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Sylvain Gontard (aka Iron Sly) One of the French trumpet virtuosos, He’s played with Mélodie Gardot, Nikki Yanofsky, Wynton Marsalis, Lenny Kravitz… “trumpet choruses with wah wah & echo with a Tom Browne or Randy Brecker type sensual mood.” (Brecker Brothers.)

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