His shirt has always been blue, while his crop of hair has turned to silver: a sure sign of maturity. For his sixtieth birthday, Jacques Bolognesi has decided to cause a sensation by setting up a jazz trio, with Marc Fosset and by coming back to his first love: accordion.

Interested in all aspects of Jazz and singing, Jacques Bolognesi is as relaxed when playing the trombone or the piano – let alone his accordion! – as when composing.

His deep sense of accompaniment and the variety of his skills have turned this deluxe side-man into a collaborator much in demand: the greatest musicians have wanted him. He has been seen playing with Claude Bolling, Claude CAGNASSO, Ivan JULLIEN, Vladimir Cosma, Hubert Rostaing, Art Taylor, André Hodeir, Azuquita, avec Magma, Maurice Vander, Steckar Tubapack, Pierre Michelot, François Jeanneau, Tochiko Akiyoshi, Paul Simon, Don Costa, Lalo Schiffrin, Elton John, Claude Nougaro, Sacha Distel...

Jacques Bolognesi was born on January 6
th 1947, at Gap, a town in the French Hautes Alpes; when he was 5 years old, he was taught the piano by concert performer Madeleine de Valmalette and received his prize at the Grenoble City National Music Conservatory. He joined the Gap brass band where he discovered the trombone. He then settled in Paris and was awarded the first prize of his Trombone class at the Higher National Music Conservatory.

After taking part in the creation of “Momente” – under the direction of Karlheinz Stockhausen – he was called by Michel Legrand, then Martial Solal, to enrich their bands (Dodécaband and Big Band).

In 1987, Antoine Hervé urged trombone player Jacques Bolognesi to join the French Jazz National Orchestra and enabled him to express himself through his first instrument again: accordion.

Since he participated in the famous series “Paris Musette”(Label La Lichère – over 100 000 records sold) Jacques Bolognesi has been invited by many world famous artists: guitar player Kazumi Watanabe, Césaria Evora for the recording of her CD “Cabo Verde” (Sangue de Beirona), Francoise Hardy and Blur for their common clip directed by Khalil Chahine; Ute Lemper for her show “Nomade”, and a concert tour with Michel Godard and Dave Bargeron.

In 2007, at the head of the “Bolognesi/Fosset trios” with guitar player Marc Fosset and double bass players Jean-Luc Ponthieux or Pierre-Yves Sorin, Jacques Bolognesi has come up to Label La Lichère (Frémeaux Associés, since 2006) with his “Hermetotico” project.

Because it is daring, balanced, sensuous, mature, this project is one of the most expected event among Jazz specialists; it brings Jacques Bolognesi forward, to the place where he belongs in the French musical output of this early XXIst Century.

Benjamin Goldenstein
© 2007
Frémeaux & Associés