The Collective's wide variety of musical influences, ranging anywhere from Gypsy Jazz, Jazz, French Eclectic Original Music and Hot Swing results in a fusion of Gypsy-Parisian-Swing-World Music, lead by Vincent Raffard. Together, the Collective presents a worldly flavor that may include: trumpet, vocals, guitar, clarinet, cajon, piano/keyboard, light drums, double bass and a jazz vocalist. 

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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).

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Since its creation in 2011, The French Horn Collective has performed at top hotels and venues, with shows and residencies at Faena, 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.


Photo by Cris Wolfe

Photo by Cris Wolfe

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 unparalleled compositions and arrangements. To Vincent, the lyrics play an integral role in his music and in communicating with his audience.

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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 The Delano, Lagniappe, Pax, and Soyka.

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Vincent’s first album as a composer, "Célestin", was released in 2006 and distributed by Sony/BMG.

NOTABLE FACTS

AWARDS

  • Proclamation of the City of Miami “Vincent Raffard Day” on November 23, 2017 (Haitian Cultural Center).

  • Proclamation of the City of Miami “The French Horn Day” on November 23, 2017 (Haitian Cultural Center).

  • Certificate of appreciation of the City of North Miami on November 23, 2017 (Haitian Cultural Center).

  • “Les rencontres qui chantent” Creative residency for emerging French songwriters and performers,  Québec (June 27-July 6 2013) http://planetefrancophone.fr


THE COLLECTIVE


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pianist

KEELAN DIMICK


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upright BASS

MATT JOHNSON


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SAXO / CLARINET / cajon

FLEXTER HENDERSON


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GUITARIST

MICHEL GONZALEZ


FABIO

DRUMmer / background vocal

FABIO PATINO


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SINGER

JAHZEL DOTEL


jazz VOCAList

SHIRA ABERGEL


gospel blues vocalist

WENDELL MORRISON