Lexie Kendrick, Lead/Harmony Vocals
Raised in Sweet Home Alabama, Lexie Kendrick's deep love of jazz started thanks to her grandfather, James A. “Watt” Watkins, guitarist for the legendary “Alabama Cavaliers.” Lexie's performance experience is well-rounded with a vocal repertoire ranging from traditional jazz, country and musical theatre to opera and oratorio. Her vocal versatility also ensures her regular work as a voice-over artist for commercials, dubbings, cartoons, and documentaries, as well as having recorded several albums for EMI France, Walt Disney France and Warner Music.
In 2007, the addition of Lexie’s rich, clear alto voice and catalytic presence, helped to form the quintet, The Don LaRue Combo, with guitarist, Sean Gourley, and saxophonist, Tim Puckett and with whom she has recorded 3 albums.
Since 2013, Lexie is thrilled to be singing at the famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge, entertaining guests during the dinner pre-show with famous French and international chart-topping hits. She also performs in many Parisian jazz clubs under her own name and is proud to be performing at country festivals all over France accompanied by the "crème de la crème" of country; Kevin Buckley & the Yee-Haw Band.
Marcos Adam, Lead/Harmony Vocals
It’s been an exciting journey for Marcos Adam, who made his way from singing at home with his family to forging his own identity as a recording artist in New York City and Paris. As a teenager, Marcos attended the “Fame” school, LaGuardia High School for Music and Art in NYC, and graduated from New York University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology. His first solo album “Innocence Again” was released in 2007: an earthy, ballad-rich Gospel album, squarely within the Contemporary Christian genre. Since then, an impressive host of producers and songwriters have gathered to work with him. The success of Marcos' first mainstream EP “Redemption” (2011) led to performances in some of New York’s most iconic venues, including Webster Hall, The Stonewall Inn and The Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn.
Marcos currently resides in Paris, where he’s collaborating with several French producers and deejays, producing new music.
Sean Gourley, Guitar and Lead/Harmony Vocals
Sean Gourley, the illustrious son of Jimmy, pursues and stretches his father’s work with the same refinement and profound love for bebop and the old songs. As guitarist and singer, he likes to offer song and dance oriented jazz for all, basically inspired by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and show tunes. He has illustrated his musical approach for the past ten years with his quartet, the Sean Gourley Group.
He also is an appreciated accompanist, having worked with singers Manda Djinn and Stephanie Crawford, as well as Barney Wilen, Steve Potts, Turk Mauro, Eddy Louiss, Rhoda Scott and of course his father, the great Jimmy Gourley. They were last seen playing together in Bruxelles, Belgium, in September 2005. (...) Jérome Partage, JazzHot (oct/nov2006)
Tim Puckett, Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophones, Harmony Vocals
Saxophonist, Singer and Composer, Tim Puckett has been performing in the Parisian area and throughout Europe for over the past twenty years. A native of Tennessee, he studied saxophone with Phil Woods (Ramblerney School of Arts), Lee Konitz and Jerry Cocker (University of Tennessee). He began his musical career in 1971 playing clubs and concerts all over the Los Angeles area and backing up singers, among others, Dionne Warwick, the Jackson Sisters and Ricky Lancelloti (Frank Zappa). During the 70’s he toured all of the provinces of Canada with the well-known pop rock group, Edward Bear. Before coming to Paris he lived in Atlanta, Georgia for 11 years working notably with singers Gwen Hughes and Joy Tobin (niece of saxophonist Stanley Turrentine). On arrival in Paris in 1991 he played with the Lost and Wandering Blues and Jazz Band From New York City (Madeleine Peyroux).
George Wolfaardt, Double Bass and Harmony Vocals
Born in Namibia in 1949 George Wolfaardt spent his early years growing up in Rhodesia ( Zimbabwe ) and South Africa. In 1966 he began playing the bass guitar in various groups in South Africa. In 1978 he became the leading bass player in the Johannasburg recording industry playing on records, jingles and film music whilst also touring with Rod McKuen, Chris Andrews, Rick Wakeman and many others.
In 1986 he emigrated to France where he began playing electric bass, double bass, guitar and mandolin with numerous artists whilst also working as a singer/songwriter performing his own material. His principal activity, however, is working as a free-lance double bass player with various artists.
Wesley Barbé, Drums
Wesley Barbé comes to Paris from New Caledonia. After discovering jazz in New Zealand in 2001, he studied for 3 years at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology/CPIT Jazz/Rock School. In 2004, he moved to Paris and integrated into Le CIM where he obtained the FNEIJ/MA diploma.
Wesley has played with many talented artists, to name a few: Andrea Campagnolo, Stefan Patry, Giles Renne, Mickeal Grossman, David Landau, Alex Durand, Nicolas Lossen, Michele Gori, Yoann Kempst, Michel Benebig and shem's, Charlie's friend, Tame, Jim and the Magic Beans, Les Funktastiks, Lou Tavano, Mathieu Verlot... He has recorded with Sebastien Rob (folk), Jim and The Magic Beans (soul/pop), J.S.Trio, Swingin Paris. Wesley is working regularly with the following groups: Daniel Chifman, Fabrizia et les cousins de Campagnolo, Minjung Lee Quartet, Aude Quartet, Nils, and has just returned to Paris after touring with his own project, the Wes Trio.
Bobby Rangell, Saxophone and Flute
A native of Colorado, upon his arrival in 1980, Bobby quickly made his mark in the Paris Jazz scene as one of the major musicians. He has since played and recorded with virtually all the conductors of the O.N.J. (Antoine Hervé, Denis Badault, Laurent Cugny and Claude Barthélémy) as well as with Randy Brecker, Gil Evans (arranger for Miles Davis), Nelson Veras and Dave Liebman. In the World music genre, Bobby has recorded with Khaled, Angélique Kidjo, Lokua Kanza, Idrissa Diop, Mario Canonge, Etienne Mbappé, Nina Simone, Lavelle and Jean-Jacques Milteau, among others.
He released an album with his own group “Blood Donation” under the label Hopi.
Andrew Crocker, Trumpet
After his studies at the Berklee College of Music, Andrew has played with, among others :
«Le 4tet Élan», Andy Sheppard, Bobby Few, Alan Silva, Roscoe Mitchel, Laurent Cugny, Ricky Ford, Arthur H, «La Fanfare Des D’où ? Dingues», and François Jeanneau.
Andrew is the leader and lyricist-composer for his group WAJABAK (free funk), lyricist for the artist ALMO and has composed music for contemporary dance and the theater (Christine Gérard).
He continues to collaborate as soloist-improviser with the creators of the electronic music label “Trace”, as well as teaching music at EDIM (Paris).
Jean-Luc Roumier, Guitar
From his home region of Brittany, Jean-Luc Roumier started his career as a guitarist and arrived in Paris in 1995.
His influences include the great guitarists such as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, John Scofield, but also and perhaps even more, jazz pianists, in particular Bill Evans, who opened his eyes to jazz music.
Inspired by these influences, Jean-Luc has developed an original harmonic approach as a solo guitarist, as well as the special skill of being an accompanist.