Elisabeth Kontomanou

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Elisabeth Kontomanou
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Background information
Born (1961-11-30) 30 November 1961 (age 60)
Lyon, France

Elisabeth Kontomanou (born 30 November 1961) is a French jazz singer and composer who has lived in America and Sweden.


Kontomanou was born in Sète (France) in 1961. She moved to New York in the 1990s and then on to Stockholm where she was based when she recorded Back to My Groove. This album includes covers of songs which she sings in English.[1]

In 1986, she founded the quartet Conversation, which won the La Défense Jazz Festival competition. In 1986, she was hired by Michel Legrand for the movie Moon Mask while the pianist Alain Jean-Marie organized her tour of the Antilles. In 1995, she went to New York. Ten years later, she moved to Paris, where she composed the song "Waiting for Spring" and the album Back to My Groove. In 2008 she released the album Brewin' the Blues.

In 2006 and 2014, she appeared at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.[2] In 2013, she appeared at the Tan Jazz Festival.[3]

In 2006, she won the Vocal Jazz Award of the Victoires du Jazz.[4]

Kontomanou has worked with Michel Legrand, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Alain Jean-Marie, Jean-Michel Pilc, Daryl Hall, Franck Amsallem, Toots Thielemans, Richard Bona, Stéphane Belmondo, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Leon Parker, and Geri Allen.


  • 1998 – Embrace
  • 2000 – Hands and Incantation
  • 2004 – Midnight Sun
  • 2005 – Waitin' for Spring
  • 2005 – A Week in Paris (A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn)
  • 2007 – Back to My Groove[5]
  • 2008 – Brewin' the Blues
  • 2009 – Siren Song – Live at Arsenal
  • 2012 - Secret of the Wind with Geri Allen
  • 2014 - Amoureuse


  1. ^ Elisabeth Kontomanou Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, RFImusique.com, Retrieved 4 January 2016
  2. ^ Elisabeth Kontomanou Archived 2015-09-25 at the Wayback Machine, Montreal Jazz Fest
  3. ^ Elisabeth Kontomanou, All about Jazz
  4. ^ Elisabeth Kontomanou, JazzMusciArchives
  5. ^ "ELISABETH KONTOMANOU: « Back to my groove» - les dernières nouvelles du jazz". les dernières nouvelles du jazz (in fr-FR). Retrieved 2016-01-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)