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shems bendali quintet

Shems Bendali Quintet découvrir mes projets

Shems Bendali 5tet was born in 2016 out of young trumpet player Shems Bendali’s desire to explore this classic ensemble that is the jazz quintet. Marked by figures ranging from Clifford Brown to Ambrose Akinmusire, and off course Miles Davis, this instrumentation allows the flexibility of a small ensemble with a rich variety of timbres. The young band already shows a great cohesion and singular sound, qualities that were distinguished at the prestigious ZKB Jazzpreis in Zurich.

Rooted in an open and adventurous jazz tradition, yet pervious to today’s musical genres without mimicking them, the quintet’s music focuses on the flow of energy in its many forms : sometimes gentle, sometimes harsh, always embodied. Shems Bendali’s compositions are clear, lyrical, sharp, like sparks that light up the interplay and allow each group member to feed its musical heath.

Shems Benali 5tet’s first release is a milestone for the project, presenting intense and touching versions of the first compositions written for the group, with the inspired contribution of vibraphonist Jean-Lou Treboux on two tracks. It marks also the start of a new chapter, with a release tour that includes venues and festivals such as Cully Jazz Festival, Moods (Zurich), Jazz à Vienne, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, BeJazz (Bern),… Each concert being the occasion to revisit a repertoire challenging by its possibilities.

In August 2019, the band won the Grand Prix du festival de Jazz d’Avignon. Prix qui leur ouvre les portes du célèbre Studio de la Buissonne pour y enregistrer leur deuxième opus.

line up

shems bendali
arthur donnot
andrew audiger
yves marcotte
noé tavelli

Trumpet 

Tenor sax

Piano

Upright bass

Drums

past gigs

15.03.2019 – EJMA, Lausanne (CH)
22.03.2019 – Be Jazz, Bern (CH)
30.03.2019 – Caveau Lancy Marginac, Genève (CH)
04.04.2019 – Moods, Zurich (CH)
10.04.2019 – Cully Jazz Festival (Main Stage) (CH)
05.05.2019 – Cheltenham Jazz Festival, (UK)
23.05.2019 – Espace 032, Neuchâtel (CH)
24.05.2019 – Salle Antoine – Verchère, Meyrin (CH)
05.07.2019 – Jazz à Vienne (FR)
27.07.2019 – Garden Party Lausanne (CH)
01.08.2019 – Avignon Jazz Festival Tremplin (FR) (WINNER)
12.10.2019 – L’Echandole – NovaJazz, Yverdon (CH)
01.11.2019 – Jazz Onze Plus Festival, Lausanne (CH)
04.11.2019 – Jazz in Baden, Baden (CH)
08.01.2020 – Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (FR)
09.01.2020 – Kansas Smitty’s, Londres (UK)
11.01.2020 – Jazz Aux Carrés, Annecy (FR)
10.04.2020 – Chorus, Lausanne (CH) 
18.04.2020 – 38 Riv, Paris (FR)

Gigs to come

18.11.2020 –  Jazz Club de Quimper (France)

20.01.2021 – Club HSLU, Lucerne (Switzerland)

22.01.2021 – Le Singe, Biel/Bienne (Switzerland)

27.01.2021 – Wadin Jazz, Wädenswill (Switzerland)

30.01.2021 – JazzChur, Chur (Switzerland)

02.02.2021 – Altes Spital Tuesday Jazz, Solothurn (Switzerland)

04.02.2020 – Be Jazz, Bern (Switzerland)

10.02.2021 – RTS Stuido 15 Live, Lausanne (Switzerland)

14.02.2021 – Moods, Zurich (Switzerland)

16.02.2021 – Bird’s Eye, Basel (Switzerland)

“S’il n’a que 23 ans et un seul album publié sous son nom, Shems Bendali mérite assurément d’être découvert. Enregistré en quintet, Choukheads, sorti en avril dernier, a constitué une des belles surprises de 2019. Il révèle un trompettiste fougueux et inventif, doublé d’un compositeur inspiré, adepte d’un hard bop sans œillères et bien ancré dans notre temps.”

“Une musicalité consciente de l’histoire mais qui n’est pas dévorée par ses propres références. Du jazz qui s’adresse à son époque.”

Arnaud Robert – Le Temps

“Dès les premières minutes on est agréablement surpris par la maturité du jeu de tous.”

Pascal Derathé – Jazz Rhône-Alpes

“[…] une perfection individuelle et collective.”

Franck Bergerot – Jazz Magazine