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Olivier Franc Jazz Quintet to highlight the French Spring Festival

Olivier Franc’s Jazz Quintet will begin a diffusion of Jazz at Mount Lavinia Hotel to celebrate the French Spring Festival.

The Quintet will perform on Saturday, 16th June on the Paradise Beach and he Terrace on 18th June. The main Jazz dinner festival will be held at the Empire Ballroom on Sunday, 17th June. The French Spring Festival along with ‘Fête de la Musique’ organized by Alliance Française de Kotte to celebrate the first day of Summer will come alive in Sri Lanka from 17 to 24 June.

To pay tribute to the music of his Master and to one of the greatest jazz musicians, Olivier Franc together with a true “All Star Band”, composed of Paris-based musicians: his son Jean-Baptiste Franc (piano), Benoît de Flamesnil (trombone), Gilles Chevaucherie (double bass) and with the possibility of having as a special guest, Daniel Sidney Bechet (drums).

The band’s repertoire consists of Sidney Bechet’s compositions, in addition to some great jazz standards and to their own compositions which make their performance a unique and unforgettable experience.  Olivier Franc, soprano saxophone, is the son of René Franc, clarinettist of the Pierre Braslavsky’s band and of the André Réwéliotty’s orchestra, who played with Sidney Bechet. Olivier Franc began his career in the 1970’s. In 1979, he was awarded the ‘Prix Sidney Bechet’ by the French ‘Académie du Jazz’.

Well established in the classic jazz scene, the music critics called him Sidney Bechet’s best disciple, and in 1997, he was rewarded with the ‘Prix du Musicien Français’  from the ‘Hot Club de France’ for his live CD ‘Swing Folies’.

Olivier Franc offers a new and personal music while remaining faithful to the spirit and style of Sidney Bechet. Since 2006, he has had the privilege of playing the saxophone that formerly belonged to Sidney Bechet.

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