Laurent Coq

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Laurent Coq
Born (1970-02-22) 22 February 1970 (age 47)
Marseille, France
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Years active 1980s–present
Labels Enja, Sunnyside

Laurent Coq (born 22 February 1970) is a French jazz pianist and composer.

Life and career[edit]

Coq began playing the piano at the age of seven.[1] He studied at the Centre d'informations musicales in Paris, at which time he also played in a trio with bassist Jules Bikôkô bi Njami and drummer Daniel Garcia Bruno, and in a variety of other bands.[1] Coq was awarded a government grant in 1994 to travel to the U.S., where he studied with pianists Bruce Barth, John Hicks and Mulgrew Miller.[1]

Coq's 2011 album Rayuela, co-led with saxophonist Miguel Zenón, was inspired by Julio Cortázar's novel of the same title.[2] The Down Beat reviewer commented that "Rayuela experiments with song structures and the connections between tunes to express emotions and motifs each artist observed by reading the [book]".[2]


An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
1997 Jaywalker Enja Quartet, with Jean-Christophe Béney (tenor sax), Jules Bikoko bi Njami (bass), Daniel Garcia-Bruno (drums)
1999 Versatile Cristal Quartet, with Jean-Christophe Béney (tenor sax), Jules Bikoko bi Njami (bass), Philippe Soirat (drums)
2001 Live @ the Duc des Lombards Cristal Trio, with David El-Malek (tenor sax), Olivier Zanot (alto sax)
2003 Like a Tree in the City Sunnyside Trio, with Jérôme Sabbagh (tenor sax), Brandon Owens (bass), Damion Reid (drums)
2004 Spinnin' Cristal Trio, with Reuben Rogers (bass), Otis Brown III (drums)
2006 The Thing to Share Cristal With Olivier Zanot (alto sax), David El-Malek (tenor), Laurence Allison (vocals)
2008 Eight Fragments of Summer 88 Trees Quartet, with Jérôme Sabbagh (tenor sax), Joe Sanders (bass), Damion Reid (drums)
2011 Rayuela Sunnyside Quartet, with Miguel Zenón (alto sax), Dana Leong (cello, trombone), Dan Weiss (drums, percussion)
2011 Crosswords With Sam Sadigursky (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Yoni Zelnik (bass), Karl Jannuska (drums), Laurence Allison and Christine Correa (vocals)
2012 Dialogue Sunnyside Some tracks duo, with Ralph Lavital (guitar); some tracks trio, with Nicolas Pelage (vocals) added


  1. ^ a b c Harris, Craig "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b Odell, Jennifer (September 2012) "Miguel Zenón/Laurent Coq – Rayuela". Down Beat. p. 74.