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, sax alto
Antonin-Tri Hoang : alto saxophone, clarinet
Geoffroy Gesser, Pierre Borel : tenor sax, clarinet
Benjamin Dousteyssier : alto, barytone, bass saxophones
Brice Pichard, Louis Laurain, Emil Strandberg or Gabriel Levasseur : trumpet
Fidel Fourneyron, Michaël Ballue : trombone
Romain Vuillemin : guitar, banjo
Bruno Ruder : piano
Sebastien Beliah : double bass
Antonin Gerbal : drums

The Umlaut Big Band has released 4 albums so far : Nelson’s Jacket, a box set of 4 10 inches discs at 45 rpm, conceived as portraits of 5 arrangers, and the CDs Euro Swing on European swing big bands in the 20-40s, then Euro Swing, vol. 2 about Americans in Europe and in 2018 a live recording on the music of the arranger Don Redman : The King of Bungle Bar – Umlaut Big Band Plays Don Redman.

Next concerts:

02.10.18 : Espace Jean Legendre, Compiègne

09.10.18 : Hot Vienne, Limoges

11.10.18 : La Rampe, Grenoble

15.11.18 : Théâtre 71, Malakoff

18.01.19 : La Coloc de La Culture, Cournon d’Auvergne

24.01.19 : La Halle aux Grains, Blois

07.03.19 : Tandem, Douai

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