The French Horn Collective is an energetic and progressive band that performs an eclectic variety of Gypsy Jazz, Swing, and original French music. Led by Parisian musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer and songwriter Vincent Raffard, the diverse international group consists of five highly talented musicians from a myriad of musical backgrounds and countries.
The Collective's wide variety of musical influences, ranging anywhere from Gypsy Jazz and Hot Swing to Ska and even Polka, result in an exciting fusion of Gypsy-Parisian-Swing-World Music presented by instrumentation including trumpet, vocals, guitar, violin, clarinet, cajón, and double bass.
Since its creation in 2012 The French Horn Collective has performed at many top hotels and venues, with shows and residencies at 1 Hotel, W South Beach, Carillon Miami, The Tudor House, Van Dyke Cafe, Soyka's Restaurant, The Atlantic, The Vagabond, Eden Rock, The Arts Garage, Pax, The Stage, and The North Beach Bandshell among others. The group has also been featured in music festivals including the Art Deco South Beach Festival, the Gainesville Jazz Festival, The MOCA Jazz Series, and the Miami Nice Jazz Festival.
The band currently has a residency as the house band at The Delano South Beach, where they can be seen performing twice every week!
Vincent Raffard is a French singer-songwriter whose music can't be categorized into just one stylistic genre. Creator and band leader of The French Horn Collective, Vincent Raffard's music consists of a combination of traditional French music, pop, modern acoustic, and jazz genres which are combined to create very personal compositions and arrangements. To Vincent, the lyrics play an integral role in his music and in presenting his views on race, religion, social equality, justice, and love.
Vincent has performed in Paris at various venues such as Roubaix, L'Olympia, and US Tour. Established in South Florida since 2007, Vincent also performs regularly throughout Miami in venues such as Lagniappe, Pax, Soyka, The Van Dyke, and Bardot.
His first album as a composer, "Célestin", was released in 2006 and distributed by Sony/BMG.
Steffen Zeichner is a Grammy nominated violinist. A native of Gainesville, Florida, Steffen plays with a multitude of ensembles and orchestras throughout South Florida within jazz, classical, and rock settings. Steffen is also a passionate educator who focuses on developing the creative potential of string players.
Throughout his career he has performed with a variety of top artists including Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, Cyrille Aimee, Nestor Torres, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Maria Schneider, and George Benson, with whom he was featured as the violin soloist and concertmaster for Benson's 2013 album, "Inspiration".
He has a BM from Indiana University, a MM from UM, and is completing his dissertation for his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.
Matt Johnson was born in Louiseville, Kentucky, was raised in South Carolina, and moved to Miami, FL in 1998. Since the age of 15, Matt Johnson has been studying electric bass. With such influences such as Jaco Pastorius, Matthew Garrison, James Jameson, Francis "Roco" Prestia, Carol Kay, and Hadrien Ferraud, he began his musical career at Miami Dade College studying under former Beegee's bassist, Matt Bonelli.
He received a Bachelor's in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA while studying under such greats such as Matthew Garrison, Bruce Gertz, and Oscar Stagniaro (bassist for Paquito de Rivera) and completed his Masters in Jazz Performance at Florida International University while studying under Jamie Ousley on upright bass.
He is currently playing with some of the best musicians in the South and Central Florida region and is both a professor at Miami-Dade College as well as a private bass teacher.
Flexter Henderson is an Italian saxophone/clarinet player. He studied classical clarinet in the Conservatories of Parma and Piacenza in Italy and studied jazz composition at Berklee College in Boston, MA. He has lived and worked in Brighton and London, UK; Nice and Cannes, France and Milano and Roma, Italy.
His studio experience ranges from jingles, soundtracks and documentaries for television to recordings in the styles of fusion, contemporary jazz, dixieland, and world music, as well as song writing in formations ranging from duos to full orchestra.
Flexter can be found performing live mainly in Miami and the above mentioned cities. He focuses on contemporary jazz, but also plays manouche/gypsy jazz, Brazilian, Cuban jazz and Sufi music. He has experience performing in arenas, auditoriums, theaters, churches, clubs, restaurants and casinos, as well as having worked on ships, for festivals, cultural associations, and for social events in schools.
Alvaro Bermudez is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent who has been making music professionally since the age of 15.
He holds a masters degree in jazz studies from FIU, and is a versatile and sensitive player who can be seen performing various styles in the South Florida area.
Shira Abergel is a multi-disciplinary performing artist with a BFA in Theatre Performance from New World School of the Arts. Shira has been in award winning films, performed theatre throughout the country and in Mexico, and has written, directed, and performed her own original shows thanks to commissions from the Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami Light Project, and the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation.
Her love for acting, dance and theatre led her to a world of music where she found her voice. Inspired mostly by music from times gone by, Shira connects to a vintage feeling, while bringing her youthful and exuberant energy to the stage when she sings. She enjoys and is influenced by all kinds of Blues, Jazz, Folk, and Americana music from the early 20th century up until the 1970's.
Shira is also a singer-songwriter, plays guitar, ukulele, banjo, and collects many string instruments. Ironically, the name Shira in Hebrew means song. And to sing, she shall.
Wendell Morrison was born in New Jersey, USA. During his career he has sung on records by Coati Mundi, Loleatta Holloway, Arthur Baker, Culture Club, Bruce Springsteen, and many other renowned artists.
Wendell is a former member of the band Inner Life, along with his wife, Marian Rolle, and Jocelyn Brown. They recorded for Salsoul Records in the 1970's. At the end of the 80's, Wendell and Marian signed to Tink! Records and teamed up on many projects as solo artists and to record backing vocals on various records.