French Jazz Pianist Laurent De Wilde
Episode 8220th April 2021 • Musicians Reveal • Joe Kelley
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Internationally renowned jazz pianist, Laurent de Wilde has been described as an exciting and passionate musician. Born in the United States in 1960, de Wilde spent his formative years (1964 to 1983) in France where he was immersed in French culture, music and literature eventually studying philosophy at the “Ecole Normale Supérieure” in Paris.

Returning to the United States on a scholarship to further his musical knowledge, he studied jazz piano in New York where he resided for eight years. In the late 1980’s he recorded his first albums with trumpet player Eddie Henderson and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart.

Returning to Paris in 1991, he continued his musical career touring throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. In 1993 he was awarded the Django Reinhardt Prize and in 1998 the “Victoires du Jazz”. In this period he also wrote his first book, a biography of Thelonious Monk that was published by Gallimard in 1996. The book received critical acclaim and has been translated and published in the United States, the U.K., Japan, Spain and Italy.

To mark the centennial of Thelonious Monk’s birthday and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of his Thelonious Monk biography, de Wilde’s album titled “New Monk Trio” has been released. Accompanied by Jérôme Regard on double bass and Donald Kontomanou on drums, de Wilde revisits Monk’s repertoire delivering a contemporary reading of the pianist’s work and proving that Monk’s modernity transcends the limits of time and continues to shake the essential values of music.

Originally recorded March 19th 2018