Umlaut Big Band


There was a time when dance music was played live, by real flesh and bone musicians.

Yes! ‘Bones, Saxophones, roaring Horns and thundering Drums were part of the daily experience of the insatiable dancer.

We, the Umlaut Big Band, are willing to bring these unforgettable sounds of the 1920s and 30s to anyone who enjoys dancing, swinging, listening and stomping. Through meticulous transcriptions and documentation of original arrangements, we’ll carry you to the “Home of Happy Feet”, bringing the musics of Fletcher Henderson, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, the Casa Loma Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb and others back to life.

The Umlaut Big Band is an orchestra of 15 creative musicians involved in different kinds of contemporary musical projects, all associated with the Paris-Berlin-Stockholm-based record label Umlaut Records. When they meet to play 30s Swing music, they all bring their particular sound, their creativity and their knowledge of music in order to have fun and make you dance! This is what makes the Umlaut Big Band so special!

Pierre-Antoine Badaroux: direction & alto sax
Antonin-Tri Hoang, Pierre Borel, Geoffroy Gesser, Benjamin Dousteyssier: saxophones & clarinet
Brice Pichard, Louis Laurain, Emil Strandberg: trumpets
Fidel Fourneyron, Bastien Ballaz: trombones
Bruno Ruder: piano
Benoît Convert: guitar
Joel Grip or Sébastien Beliah: double-bass
Antonin Gerbal: drums

The Umlaut Big Band has released its first album, Nelson’s Jacket, on Umlaut Records: a box set of 4 10 inches discs at 45 rpm, conceived as portraits of 5 arrangers.

King Porter Stomp from Umlaut Big Band on Vimeo.

Next concerts:
May 7th, 20:30 @ Le Chinois
6 Place du Marché, 93100 Montreuil

June 18th,  Mantes Lalala festival – Mantes La Jolie

June 23rd,24th,25th @ Atelier Polonceau Thomas-Roudeix

47 rue Polonceau – 75018 Paris

August 27th, Les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre – Nantes

September 25th, Jazz En Boucle – Saint Maur des Fosses

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