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Glenn Ferris Pentessence Quintet (2005) 

Glenn Ferris - Photo Annick Allibaud-Ferris

As reaffirmed by the unanimous Press, Glenn Ferris, twenty years after its departure from the USA to France, is the greatest trombonist, and one of the most talented musician of today's jazz.


Born in 1950 in Hollywood, as early as 8, he studies classical trombone music in Los Angeles and in 1964, he adds Jazz improvisation, composition and direction of orchestra to his classical studies with Don Ellis. He has a diploma of the California Institute of Arts. When 16, he become a professional musician and performs or records with Don Ellis Big Band first, then he founds Revival with Jack Walrath, and his own orchestra with 20 musicans : Celebration Orchestra. He become also trombone soloist with Frank Zappa, Don Ellis, Tim Buckley, Harry James, Billy Cobham, Bobby Bradford, among others, and performs and records with George Duke, Philly Joe Jones, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, John Scofield, Art Pepper, etc...


In addition to his American carrer, which made him an instrumentalist of international dimension, his collaboration, performances and records in Europe has definitely put him at the top with the greats :  the Azur quartet and quintet of Henri Texier, Palatino quartet, Michel Petrucciani, Joachim Kühn, Quincy Jones, Archie Shepp, Steve Lacy, Enrico Rava, Franco D'Andrea, Martial Solal, Louis Sclavis, Michel Portal, Bex, Ferris et Goubert (BFG), Glenn Ferris "Chrominance" trio et  Glenn Ferris "Pentessence" Quintet.


Since 2000, Glenn Ferris has been a teacher in the Jazz Department of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Since   2002, he has been Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


The Press is unanimous : "... Glenn Ferris, trombonist on the way to reinvent the insrument with at the heart, the memory of Duke Ellington and with the lips, the Breath of Ben Webster..." (Michel Contat, Télérama), "...like Zappa, Ferris' music bubbles with serious fun. Like Erik Satie, Ferris delivers his aphoristic erudition with virtuosity and a Dadaistic wink..." (Chuck Berg, Jazztimes).


Further readings, among many others : jazzbreak.com, Interviews, Midem 2005, Jazzrecords.com (see our favorite jazz links).

Glenn Ferris quintet "Pentessence" photo Thomas Dorn

Pentessence Quintet

Glenn Ferris (tb)

Jean-Michel Cabrol (ts)

Philippe Milanta (p)

Bruno Rousselet (b)

Jeff Boudreaux (d-perc)


Great trombonist from the Sates, Glenn Ferris recently recorded "Skin Me" which won the Record of the Year Award, presented by the Jazz Academy in December 2004. Tenor sax Jean-Michel Cabrol accompanies and "replies" just as masterfully the deep, warm tones of the trombone. Both performers are backed by Philippe Milanta (p), Brunot Rousselet (b) and Jeff Boudreaux (d-perc) from New-Orleans.


CD records :

"Pentessence" Quintet

CD Albums (selection) ''Skin Me' (Naive)


"SKin Me"  Album - painting by Marian Ferris


Glenn Ferris has recorded more than a hundred recordings, many of them won awards : Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles Cros in 2001, Django d'Or in 2002, les Victoires du Jazz, Grand prix of the Internation Festival of film music : "Strade del Cinema" 2002, Best Record of the Year, Académie du Jazz 2003, for "Air" (with Mirabassi and Boltro) and Best Record of the Year 2004 for "Skin Me".

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