Gassin/Woodson/Giron Trio | Festival Jazz à la Cité

As part of the Jazz à la Cité Festival, the FEU is delighted to welcome the Gassin/Woodson/Giron Trio, three American musicians with exceptional careers based in Paris. All the events and schedules of the 7th Jazz à la Cité Festival edition will be available soon on Citescope.

About the Musicians

Daniel Gassin is an Australian-born pianist of French-American descent, currently living in Paris. In 2007 Daniel reached the finals of the Jazz Solo Piano Competition at the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival. In 2008 he was selected to participate in the Jazz & Creative Music Workshop in Banff, Canada, headed by acclaimed U.S. trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas.  In the same year, the Daniel Gassin Trio released its second album “Crossover” which was recorded by Mal Stanley for his national radio program ABC Jazztrack. In 2010, the Daniel Gassin Trio performed at the Dubai International Jazz Festival and the Queenstown Interntational Jazz Festival. In 2011 Daniel made his debut as leader at the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival with his newly-formed Sextet.  In July of that year, the Daniel Gassin Sextet’s debut album, featuring all original compositions, was released to critical acclaim and widespread national airplay.  The album was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the Independent Music (AIR) Awards, and the track “Banff Song” earned a nomination at the 2012 Jazz Bell Awards for Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year. In 2013, Daniel reached the final of the National Jazz Awards, and was awarded Third Prize. In 2016, Daniel Gassin was nominated for the prestigious Freedman Fellowship. In addition to performing and touring extensively with many of Australia’s (and now France’s) finest jazz musicians, Daniel has also performed with U.S. jazz greats Dave Liebman, George Garzone, John Riley and Bob Sheppard. Daniel Gassin is a Yamaha artist.

Originally from New York, Peter Giron started playing as a professional musician when he was 16. During the seventies, he participated in musicals in Broadway. Until 1989, he played in blues, Motown, jazz, and latin groups in New-York and all over the USA with numerous musicians such as Mary Wells, The Crystals, The Drifters, The Marvelettes, Charles Earland, John Purcell… From 1989 to 1994, he was the bass player in Luther Allison’s band that performed in many festivals and world tours. They collaborated on two albums: Let’s try it again, and More from Berlin. During those years, he also played with Bernard Allison’s group and recorded the album The Next Generation. Since 1994, he is a free-lance musician, playing in numerous Parisian jazz clubs and in French and international festivals, while also teaching at the American School of Modern Music in Paris. In 2011, he participated in the creation of the International Music Educators of Paris (IMEP). This year, he took part in the 8th International Annual JEN CONFERENCE in New Orleans for the IMEP.

Now a grammy award winning sideman (for work on Beyoncé’s “Love on Top”), as well as a band leader recently releasing the long anticipated debut album ‘Suite Elemental, Josiah Woodson picked up trumpet at the age of 12. As a product of the Oaktown Jazz Workshop he refined his craft under the private instruction of his late mentor, Khalil Shaheed. Woodson obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where he studied under Marcus Belgrave. Moving to Boston to receive a Master of Music degree (with academic honors) from the New England Conservatory of Music, Woodson was selected to perform at the Panama Jazz Festival with Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Victor Paz, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Woodson has had the honor of collaborating and/or sharing the stage with such notable artists and musicians as, Branford Marsalis, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, David Sanchez, Danilo Perez, Ronnie Burrage, Mario Canonge, John Lockwood, Dave Holland, Ben Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Michelle Zenino, Marcus Belgrave, Clarence Clemons, Beyoncé Knowles, Blitz the Ambassador, Mos Def, Winard Harper, Steve Turre, Najee and many more.

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