Frank Chastenier

Frank Chastenier

Frank Chastenier began with 8 years to learn piano, touched by Oscar Peterson, Count Basie or Keith Jarrett. The organ he learned already playing to master at a young age. With just thirteen he got the first prize in the competition "Jugend jazzt". One year later, he toured as the youngest member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra NRW by the Republic. He was seventeen when he took up classical piano studies with Prof. Ulla Graf on Higher Education Institute in Aachen. He was enrolled at Francis Coppieters at the Cologne Academy of Music for Jazz Studies. 1987 reached the 20 years the final of the legendary "Thelonious Monk Competition" in Washington, DC. The following year, he took Peter Herbolzheimer in his Federal Jazz Orchestra (and later regularly "Rhythm Combination Brass "). 1990 celebrated Frank Chastenier his debut in the Big Band of the WDR in KÖln with a studio production.

Soon followed by other projects, such as "Last Minute" with drummer Dennis Mackrel or "Electricity" in 1991, where the young instrumentalist first collaboration with the guest conductors Bob Brookmeyer and the soloists John Abercrombie, Danny Gottlieb, Dieter Ilg and Rainer Brüninghaus. In the same year of the project-related work a firm commitment: With 24 Took Frank Chastenier the post of pianist at the WDR Big Band KÖln. From the outset, the conceptual complexity fascinated him in the concert programs of the orchestra, where he could develop his stylistic diversity and creativity not only on the piano, but also into keyboards, synthesizers and the Hammond B3. The musical diversity of Frank Chastenier in concerts and at its now over 35 album recordings with the WDR Big Band impressed many jazz greats, including Ray Brown, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Holman, Bob Brookmeyer, Vince Mendoza, John Clayton , George Gruntz, Lalo Schifrin, Jim McNeely, Michel Legrand, Paquito D'Rivera, Toots Thielemans, Patrick Williams, Maceo Parker and many more.

"His playing is full of energy. He has a sensibility for the right Spielgestik, an openness and playfulness which fOr me a unique musicians make him" praised about Brookmeyer. 1994 gave him the trombonist, composer, arranger and conductor Piano Concerto "Serious Music", the Frank Chastenier restarted provided an opportunity to develop his improvisational and pianistic creativity in a broader context with the WDR Big Band. Also vocalists like Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Randy Crawford, Caterina Valente or Patti Austin knew his qualities to appreciate as a universal, virtuosic and soulful companion. In addition to his extensive activities for the WDR orchestra supported the pianist and arranger of various studio productions, who was involved, among other things to the last productions of Hildegard Knef, Manfred Krug, Mark Murphy and Thomas Quasthoff, for years both his childhood friend Till Brönner at its CD- projects and tours, as well as Roger Willemsen in the literary musical correspondence "Little lights".

FOr published at Tacheles Edition "Roger Willemsen reads Brehm's Animal Life," he specially composed 41 piano miniatures. His CD "For you" (Universal) was celebrated equally enthusiastic critical and audience. The magazine "Jazzthetik" gave this CD the highest rating of 5 stars and ended the meeting by saying, "Perhaps the most important German jazz album in ten years." In 2007 he received the "Jazz Pott" the city of Essen. Frank Chastenier is the pianist and accompanist of Patti Austin on in 2008 which won the Grammy album "Avant Gershwin". 2010 Frank Chastenier together with Dieter Ilg, Wolfgang Haffner and Bruno MÜller in new jazz and soul program of Thomas Quasthoff in Germany and Austria on tour - a program that was recorded for the German Grammophon.

That the enthusiasm and popularity of the pianist is almost limitless, is a quote Till Brönner ". Frank Chastenier had at our concert in Aachen Match And as it turned out after two weeks touring, he is obviously reported in fourteen towns main residence moderate."

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