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André Ceccarelli

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André Ceccarelli
André Ceccarelli, 2007
André Ceccarelli, 2007
Background information
Born (1946-01-05) 5 January 1946 (age 78)
Nice, France
GenresJazz, rock
Years active1962–present

André "Dédé" Ceccarelli (born 5 January 1946) is a French jazz drummer.


After learning to play the drums from his father, Ceccarelli started out playing in the salons of the Hotel Royal Nice Promenade des Anglais at the age of fifteen, where he played with some musicians at tea dances on weekends. He was spotted by a lady who was the wife of John Tosan, and was presented to the brothers John Rob alias Jean-Claude and James Fawler alias Gerard Roboly, and on their request participated on rehearsals with the French band rock Les Chats Sauvages, who was looking for a new drummer, and was hired at age 16 in May 1962, which corresponds to the beginning of his long career.[1]

After almost two years, several tours and many recordings with this band, he left in January 1964 to resume the position of drummer in the band the Casino Sporting Club Monaco, and playing with many entertainers in studio and on tour, including Claude François, he turned to jazz. He had always wanted to be able to play with the jazz greats of the time, and could do so when becoming an active studio musician.

From the late 1960s, he collaborated with arranger and trumpeter Ivan Jullien with whom he recorded the album including 'Synthesis' (1978). It also participates in the short-lived group Troc (1972) with Jannick Top and Alex Ligertwood and sign two fusion style albums, one on the label Bingow, recorded between 1972 and 1973, the other for the Carla label in 1977. In 1974, he played in the orchestra of Jean-Claude Naude and participated on the album A New Kind of Band.

In 1979, he began a career in the United States alongside Bunny Brunel and Chick Corea, and met Dee Dee Bridgewater in 1987, with whom he continued a long lasting collaboration. He founded the 'Trio Sud' with Sylvain Luc and Jean-Marc Jafet in 2000.[1]

He has recorded as leader since the 1976, and released the album Avenue Des Diables Blues (2005) within his own trio.[2]

Ceccarelli is the sponsor of the festival Jazz at Any Time that started in 1998 in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse and the Nice Jazz Festival in 2013.

He has worked with Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sting, Enrico Rava, Kenny Wheeler, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stéphane Grappelli, Didier Lockwood, Chick Corea, Joey DeFrancesco, John McLaughlin, Biréli Lagrène, Christian Escoudé, Philippe Catherine, Nguyên Lê and Sylvain Luc.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1998: Great Jazz Award, Sacem (French copyright management society), lifetime achievement


As leader[edit]

  • Ceccarelli/Chantereau/Padovan/Pezin: CCPP (Flamophone, 1975)
  • Rythmes (Music de Wolfe, 1976)
  • Ceccarelli (Carla, 1977)
  • Andre Ceccarelli (JMS, 1981)
  • Project One (Sonotec, 1985)
  • Made in Sax (Patchwork, 1986)
  • Rock (Patchwork, 1986)
  • Africa (Patchwork, 1986)
  • Masters with Rene Urtreger (Carlyne Music, 1987)
  • New Music (MCT, 1988)
  • Rock for Everytime (MCT, 1989)
  • Dansez Sur Moi (Phonogram, 1990)
  • Hat Snatcher (Phonogram, 1992)
  • 3 Around the 4 (Verve, 1994)
  • From the Heart (Verve, 1995)
  • West Side Story (BMG, 1997)
  • 61:32 (BMG, 1999)
  • Carte Blanche (Dreyfus, 2004)
  • Avenue Des Diables Blues (Dreyfus, 2005)
  • Golden Land (CAM Jazz, 2007)
  • Sweet People (CAM Jazz, 2009)
  • Le Coq et La Pendule: Hommage a Claude Nougaro (Plus Loin Music, 2009)
  • Ultimo (Universal, 2012)
  • Twelve Years Ago (Bonsai Music, 2013)
  • Inedits et Incontournables (Just Looking, 2013)
  • Twenty 20 (Bonsai Music, 2014)

With Troc

  • Troc (Cy 1973)
  • Troc 2011 (Universal/EmArcy 2011)
  • Crosstalk (Just Looking, 2015)

As sideman[edit]

With Dee Dee Bridgewater

With Sacha Distel

  • My Guitar and All That Jazz (Carrere, 1983)
  • Dedicaces (Carrere, 1992)
  • Jouent Ray Ventura (Carrere, 1993)

With Ivan Jullien

  • Porgy and Bess (Riviera, 1971)
  • Secret Service (Riviera, 1972)
  • L'Orchestre (Bingow, 1983)
  • Studio Davout (Continuo, 2018)
  • Live At Nancy Jazz Pulsations (Mimetik, 2019)

With Bireli Lagrene

  • Standards (Blue Note, 1992)
  • Live in Marciac (Dreyfus, 1994)
  • Blue Eyes (Dreyfus, 1998)
  • Just the Way You Are (Dreyfus, 2007)

With Francis Lai

  • Baby Sitter (Digitmovies, 2010)
  • Salaud, On T'Aime (Absilone, 2014)
  • Un + Une (Absilone, 2015)

With Didier Lockwood

  • (JMS, 1987)
  • For Stephane (Ames, 2008)
  • Open Doors (Ames/Okey/Sony, 2017)

With Eddy Mitchell

  • Live Au Palais Des Sports 1977 (Barclay, 1978)
  • Paris (RCA, 1986)
  • Sur La Route de Memphis (PolyGram, 2015)

With Janko Nilovic

  • Giant (Z International 1972)
  • Un Homme Dans L'Univers (Montparnasse, 1978)
  • Jazz Impressions 1 (Montparnasse, 2000)
  • Jazz Impressions 2 (Montparnasse, 2000)

With Enrico Pieranunzi

  • Seaward (Soul Note, 1996)
  • Live in Paris (Challenge, 2005)
  • Tales from the Unexpected (Intuition, 2015)
  • Menage a Trois (Bonsai Music, 2016)
  • European Trio (Casa Del Jazz, 2016)
  • Monsieur Claude (Bonsai Music, 2018)

With Henri Salvador

  • Henri (EMI, 1985)
  • En Public (Disc'Az, 1982)
  • Des Gouts et Des Couleurs (EMI, 1989)

With Yves Simon

  • Vol. 1 Au Pays Des Merveilles de Juliet (RCA Victor, 1973)
  • Respirer, Chanter (RCA Victor, 1974)
  • Un Autre Desir (RCA Victor, 1977)
  • Intempestives (Barclay, 1999)

With others


  • Jean Chalvidant et Hervé Mouvet, La Belle Histoire des groupes de rock français des années 60, Paris, Éditions Fernand Lanore, 2001, 191 p. In French (ISBN 978-2-8515-7219-6)
  • Music Story 2013 article Loïc Picaud. In French


  1. ^ a b c "André Ceccarelli". Biography. Montreal Jazz Festival. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  2. ^ Christesen, Dean (30 April 2008). "André Ceccarelli Trio: Avenue Des Diables Blues (2005)". Musical reviews. All About Jazz. Retrieved 25 October 2014.