Website update: New message board system
Feb 19, 2015
Over the next months the Jean Luc Ponty website will be undergoing some improvements. We have started by replacing the message board with a Disqus commenting system. This switch was done to make things a little easier on the technical front via better spam control and moderation tools, as well as to encourage interaction among fans by providing a "reply" feature and threaded conversation format.
ANDERSON PONTY BAND
Feb 16, 2015
A BIG THANK YOU to all the fans who have contributed to our Kickstarter campaign! We now were able to launch this very exciting project I am doing with legendary singer Jon Anderson cofounder and lead vocalist of YES. We formed the ANDERSON PONTY BAND and rehearsed, recorded, filmed and played a show at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado on September 20. We performed some of my classic tunes, adding vocals to some of them to feature a new dimension. We also did new arrangements of classic YES and Jon material and wrote some new tunes. The band is partly composed of musicians who toured and recorded great albums with me, on keyboards Wally Minko, bass Baron Browne and drums Rayford Griffin. Then on guitar we had Jamie Dunlap who has collaborated with Jon before, however he since had some schedule conflicts and I am so pleased to announce that Jamie Glaser is joining the project as guitarist. Jamie also toured and recorded several great albums with me. Final editing and mixing is taking place in order to release a CD and DVD as soon as possible. We are planning a world tour in 2015. For more details please visit this page.
NEW TRIO ALBUM
Jul 9, 2014
A new acoustic trio project was recorded in August 2014 for Impulse! (Universal) with Stanley Clarke on double bass, Gypsy guitarist Bireli Lagrene and JLP on violin. This new album is planned to be released worldwide in September 2015.
LIVRE SUR MICHEL WARLOP
Jan 24, 2014
Michel Warlop fut le tout premier grand violoniste de jazz en France, avant Stéphane Grappelli. Mort à 36 ans il fut malheureusement vite oublié. Pierre Guingamp a réparé cette injustice en écrivant un livre passionnant sur la vie de ce fabuleux violoniste, nous éclairant également sur les débuts du jazz en France.
HAPPY 2014 !!!
Dec 31, 2013
2013 was the opportunity for Jean Luc to perform with 3 different formats, his regular band, symphony orchestras and a new quartet with his daughter Clara on vocals and keyboards, a concept that was requested and initiated by the management of Palais du Facteur Cheval in France last June as a tribute to the sculptor who created this amazing palace in memory of his daughter.
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