GEORGE DUKE (1946 - 2013)
Aug 12, 2013
Keyboardist-singer-composer-record producer George Duke passed away on August 5, from chronic lymphatic leukemia. Jean Luc and George started their career together in Los Angeles in 1969, recorded a few albums and toured as a quartet before joigning Zappa's band together.
RTF4 CD/DVD RELEASE
Oct 17, 2012
A box set entitled "The Mothership Returns" has been released by Eagle Rock: 2 audio CDs filled with more than 100 minutes of live music and a bonus DVD with behind the scene footage, stories and 2 live tracks shot in HD, all recorded on the phenomenal 2011 planetary tour with "Return To Forever IV" featuring Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Frank Gambale and Jean Luc Ponty.
Oct 17, 2012
CLARA PONTY, Jean-Luc's daughter, has performed with her band last June at The Pheasantry in London, UK, for the release of her first and great vocal album INTO THE LIGHT - co-produced by Stuart Bruce, recorded in England and France with guests violinists Nigel Kennedy and JL Ponty on a few tracks. Please visit www.claraponty.com for more details.
MADS TOLLING - NEW ALBUM CELEBRATING JL PONTY
May 10, 2012
Jazz violinist Mads Tolling (Stanley Clarke Band - Turtle Island String Quartet) has released a new album entitled "MADS TOLLING QUARTET - CELEBRATING JEAN-LUC PONTY" with his original arrangements of JLP compositions such as "Enigmatic Ocean, New Country" among others, as well as original compositions and others by McLaughlin and Zappa - available at amazon.com and other websites
SPECIAL EVENT IN PARIS 11 APRIL 2012
Mar 9, 2012
Special event "50 years of innovating jazz" at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on April 11, 2012. JLP performs his compositions among which 4 world premieres with the Pasdeloup symphony orchestra conducted by Vincent Renaud with William Lecomte on keyboards, then JLP invites Stanley Clarke (double bass) Bireli Lagrene (acoustic guitar) Daniel Humair (drums) Eddy Louiss (organ) . Tickets on sale at www.chatelet-theatre.com or by tel. at +33 1 40 28 28 40
Dec 24, 2011
2011 has been a great year for JLP. He has received the Jazz Legend Award from the Mayor at the end of his performance with his band at the Jazz Festival in Cork, Ireland. Altogether JLP has performed 88 concerts, 75 of which with "Return To Forever IV" (36 in the USA - 21 in Europe - 6 in Australia - 6 in Japan - 2 in South Korea - 1 in Israel). The November tour in South America with the "Atlantic Years Band" was also a big highlight. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!
TOUR IN SOUTH AMERICA
Aug 23, 2011
JLP & HIS BAND have toured in South America in november 2011 with a project called THE ATLANTIC YEARS featuring William Lecomte (keyboards) and members of JLP's American band from the 80s Jamie Glaser (guitar) - Baron Browne (bass) - Rayford Griffin (drums). Please visit the 'Concerts Dates' page for details.
- CONCERT TOUR "RTF4" Aug 23, 2011 - JLP has been touring with "RETURN TO FOREVER 4 " Chick Corea (keyboards) - Stanley Clarke (bass) - Lenny White (drums) - Frank Gambale (guitar). 75 concerts between June 24 and October 14, 2011 in Australia, Canada, Europe, Israel, USA, Japan and South Korea. For details please visit www.Return2Forever.com
CD Box Set "ATLANTIC YEARS"
Aug 22, 2011
A box set with 4 CDs entitled "ELECTRIC FUSION - THE ATLANTIC YEARS" has been released by Warner/Rhino in France in July. It contains a large selection of tracks from all JLP's albums released by Atlantic Records between 1975 and 1997, and a booklet with photos and JLP's comments on the entire period.
May 24, 2011
Clara, Jean Luc's daughter, has released a great new album co-produced by Wolfgang Haffner in Munich with top jazz musicians from Germany called ECHOES. She also just released a vocal album called INTO THE LIGHT on May 26, 2011, in France, Scandinavia, the UK and soon to be released in the USA, co-produced by Stuart Bruce in England and France with guests violinists Nigel Kennedy and JL Ponty on a few tracks.