BRIAN SEEGER – guitar
Guitarist Brian Seeger is an integral part of New Orleans vibrant jazz community. His fluid and rich tone, and searching melodic improvisations, have led to his recognition as “One of New Orleans’ best jazz guitarists.” No stranger to the Hammond Trio format, Seeger has performed with some of the all-time greats of the idiom, including Dr. Lonnie Smith and Big John Patton, as well as many other jazz and New Orleans music scene luminaries. Although his musical excursions have been influenced by his studies with jazz figures such as Gary Burton and Ellis Marsalis, Seeger’s playing and compositions are well grounded in the blues and American roots music, as well as the sounds of New Orleans’ streets. Seeger melds these elements into an approach that is heartfelt and individual; his aesthetic is that of a jazz musician, but there is still space for ideas from other idioms. Seeger holds a faculty position in the esteemed University of New Orleans Jazz Studies program.
JEAN-YVES JUNG – organ
Jean-Yves Jung is easily one of France’s most well-renowned organists. When Jung is not touring with the Organic Trio, he holds down the Hammond chair with guitar phenom Bireli Lagreneʼs Quartet. Jung’s organ skills and compositions are extensively featured on Lagreneʼs latest Verve release, Mouvements. Jung’s organ playing can be nimble and acrobatic, funky and futuristic, soulful and searching. He emanates a tremendous joy from the stage whenever he plays, and the challenges of his compositions are juxtaposed by his playful sense of melody and rhythm. Along with the Organic Trio and Bireli Lagrene, Jean-Yves has had the opportunity to record and tour with many musical greats, including Billy Cobham, Philip Catherine, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Andre Ceccarelli, The Paris Jazz Big Band, Jimmy Woode and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.
PAUL WILTGEN – drums
Luxembourg native Paul Wiltgen, is internationally recognized as an accomplished jazz percussionist, an imaginative composer and a visionary bandleader. An artist in the truest sense of the word, Paul compellingly balances his musical aesthetic and his personal passion, creating a sound from the drums that simultaneously supports and inspires.
Wiltgen is in the vanguard of today’s jazz scene, having worked with many of its leading voices, including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Moreno, Dave Binney, Lage Lund, Patrick Cornelius, Michael Janisch, Ambrose Akinmusire and Will Vinson.
Paul earned a Masters Degree from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, and has studied with David Liebman, Samir Chatterjee and John Riley. Wiltgen is also an active member of the collective Trio Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen (Laborie Records, FR).