The Collective's wide variety of musical influences, ranging anywhere from Gypsy Jazz, Jazz, French Eclectic Original Music and Hot Swing, resultS in an exciting fusion of Gypsy-Parisian-Swing-World Music, lead by Vincent Raffard. The presentation of instruments is that of a New Orleans swing band with a world flavor including: trumpet, vocals, guitar, clarinet, cajon, Piano/keyboard, light drums, double bass and electronic instrument.
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The repertoire includes: Gypsy jazz (Django Reinhardt), American songbook (Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, George Gershwin...), Classic French (Yves Montand, Serge Gainsbourg, Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet...), Klezmer, Latin Bolero and Original Music (Vincent Raffard).
Since its creation in 2011, The French Horn Collective has performed at many top hotels and venues, with shows and residencies at The Four Seasons, 1 Hotel, Lagniappe, Eden Rock 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.
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.
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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.
Keelan Dimick is a young jazz pianist making a mark in today's music industry through his work as a sideman, leader, recording artist, and composer. Most recently, performances with Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth lead him to national tours and weekly engagements throughout South Florida where he currently resides.
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Despite receiving full scholarships to Berklee School of Music and the University of Michigan, Keelan moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. In 2015 he was asked to be the teacher's assistant at University of Miami's Frost School of Music during which Keelan performed around the globe with the Henry Mancini Orchestra as a "Mancini Fellow".
Today, Keelan has shared the stage with many of the world's finest and most active jazz musicians including Kobie Watkins, Walter Smith III, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Brian Lynch, Bobby Watson, Ulysses Owens Jr., and David Liebman.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Michel Gonzalez (Born in Venezuela and raised in Spain) is a guitar player, composer, arranger and educator. He studies classical guitar at Mayeusis Conservatory and Santiago de Compostela music School in Spain. He was awarded a scholarship from AIE (Society of artist and performances of Spain) to attend Berklee College of music, where he graduated Magna cum laude with a degree in Professional music. In addition, he took master classes with Pat Metheny, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Charlie Banacos, Jorge Pardo and Barry Harris.
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In 2013, he was nominated by Latin Grammy Academy for participated as arranger, producer and guitar player in " Para ser un Sol" by Jesus Hidalgo.
Jahzel Dotel is a singer and songwriter signed with ASCAP. She adds edge and modern twists to her jazz influence and sets a whole new experience for you when you listen to her live. A ukulele lover, Jahzel Dotel, is currently recording her second self-titled album and working closely with Marthin Chan of Afonico Sony / ATV Publishing. Her unique vocals is a mix between Norah Jones, India.Arie and Sade. On the side, she performs jazz and writes with other collaborating singers and songwriters.
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Jahzel Dotel has left her mark at many different venues including Birdland in New York City, The Filmore Theater in Miami, El Tucan, Ball & Chain, venues in Bogota, Colombia, Bahamas, and more.
Ryan Hecker is a professional percussionist at Sunrise Symphonic pops Orchestra, and at F.I.U His part of the FHC since late 2017. He studied Jazz Performance at UM and at F.I.U.
Created his own sound of percussion instrument , with his home made hand Drums and percussion set.
He’s bringing a great new energy on stage with his fun setup of drums and percussion set.
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.