Laurent CoulondreLaurent (*1989 in Nîmes) began playing drums at age 4 and soon acquired a sense of rhythm. A few years later he deﬁnitely took up playing the piano. When Laurent turned 9, he discovered jazz with the pianist Stéphane Kochoyan and performed with the local big band opening for big names such as Marcus Miller, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau or Michel Legrand.
In 2010, he graduated from the National Conservatory of Toulouse with a Jazz DEM and became a bachelor in Musicology at Toulouse University. During these years of training, he made an Erasmus stay in Spain where he studied at the Superior Conservatory of Catalonia and developed a passion for organ playing over there. He also deepened his experience with the Jazz in Marciac Orchestra.
Laurent is a Soloist First Prize and Winner of the Didier Lockwood European Contest, Winner of the Jazz in Castello and Jazz en Baie Competition. The same year he discovered and experienced the life of Parisian jazzmen. Gradually recognized by the jazz community, he was called upon to play and record as a sideman with musicians such as Paul Jackson, Nicolas Folmer, Sylvain Beuf, Stéphane Huchard, Pierre de Bethmann, to name a few.
In 2014 he embarked on a new recording project, developing a new and original concept of reversible trio in which he presents himself performing at the piano as well as the organ. The trio won the National Jazz à la Défense Competition. In addition, Laurent was voted Spedidam Generation Artist (2014-2017), and also Adami Jazz Talent Prizewinner (2015).
In 2016, Laurent was winner of the prestigious "Best New Artist Award" at "Les Victoires du Jazz" (the French Grammy Awards). He kept touring in major venues such as the Cully Jazz (CH), Amersfoort Jazz (NL), Getxo Jazz (ES), Jazz sous les pommiers (FR), Elbjazz Festival (DE), Jazz a la Pedrera (ES), IF Alger (DZ).
In the following years, concerts would follow one another at a frantic pace both nationally and internationally, even with an extensive tour in China in 2018. In 2019, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Michel Petrucciani’s death, Laurent paid tribute to an artist whose impact on his career was one of the deepest and most inﬂuential. In 2020, the artist walked off with other trophies: after topping the "French Musician of the Year" category of Jazz Magazine's Annual Critics Poll and being featured on the February 2020 cover of the magazine, he wins the second "Victoire du Jazz" of his career in the "Best Instrumental Performance" category.
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Outside in Music OUI 2404
Shauli Einav, sax
Eran Har Even, guitar
Laurent Coulondre, organ
Paul Wiltgen, drums
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