Jean Baptiste Franc is member of the “Harlem of South Jazz Band”, one of the new bands of Policoroinswing 2019 – Cotton Club tribute.
2018 Stride Piano World Champion from the contest organised by the Ole Miss University in Oxford Mississipi.
Jean-Baptiste Franc can perform as a solo pianist or as part of a band ranging from a duo to a quintet in concert or for private events :
Inventive stride, swing and blues pianist, Jean-Baptiste Franc created his own style by mixing melodic improvisation and stride. A self-taught musician, he was helped by his father, Olivier Franc, and his influences are Don Lambert, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Sidney Bechet.
In 2001, he played a concert with Louis Armstrong’s bassist, Arwell Shaw in New York and that same year, he performed at the Lincoln Center for the Summer Swing Jazz Festival with drummerDaniel Bechet. He also played with Fats Waller’s guitarist, Al Casey and earned himself the nickname “Little Fats ».
His cd recorded with Count Basie’s drummer Duffy Jackson got warmly praised by: Monty Alexander: « Lovely, very good playing », Jerry Wexler: « I’m very impressed » director of Ray Charles’s Atlantic disc company and Wynton Marsalis: « He plays with his heart »
In 2010 Recording with the singer composer Melody Federer of new orginal compostions written with by Melody and Jean Baptiste in Hollywood for Gold