Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra
Photo: Pascal Bouclier
For the last several years, the Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra has been recognized as the foremost European ambassador of Duke Ellington’s work. It is highly praised by the press, specialists, musicians, and by more than 20,000 spectators every year.
Since 2003 Laurent Mignard has been leading a dream team of 15 musicians at the heart of a rich, exceptional repertoire that rises above ages and styles: pure Standards, extracts from Suites, Sacred Music… Challenges are always just around the corner for Laurent Mignard since he has also presented new pieces, created from unfinished original scores as well as expanded interpretations of rare recordings.
Live music played live on stage. The more it’s played the hotter it gets! That’s why Laurent Mignard and Paul Bessonne waited until 2009 to record and release “Duke Ellington is Alive”. This first little jewel went on to be awarded the “The Hot Club de France’s” Grand Prize the following year.
Laurent Mignard and Paul Bessone agree that The Duke Orchestra should be recorded live on stage. On “Battle Royal”, for example, a partnership was set up with the famous “Festival Jazz à Vienne”. They also believe that Ellington’s music could and should be shared with a larger public. It followed that Laurent Maynard’s concerts have been broadcast on the French TV channel TF1. As for Paul Bessonne he granted license rights to Sony Music to enable the fame of the orchestra to spread throughout the world.