Paris Combo

About

Six albums and two decades spent criss-crossing the globe, playing to enthusiastic audiences from Sydney to San Francisco and Berlin to Beijing, have enabled France’s Paris Combo to create a unique, cosmopolitan sound, establishing the band as one of the most piquant, intriguing groups on the international music scene. Fronted by the charismatic vocals of chanteuse Belle du Berry, the combo have struck a chord with critics and audiences alike with their fun-loving mix of swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, French pop and Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms.


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Areas of Representation: North & South America / UK

Biography

Six albums and two decades spent criss-crossing the globe, playing to enthusiastic audiences from Sydney to San Francisco and Berlin to Beijing, have enabled France’s Paris Combo to create a unique, cosmopolitan sound, establishing the band as one of the most piquant, intriguing groups on the international music scene. Fronted by the charismatic vocals of chanteuse Belle du Berry, the combo have struck a chord with critics and audiences alike with their fun-loving mix of swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, French pop and Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms.

The mainstream success of their second album “Living Room” (2000) gave the group a unique status as a French indie band capable of drawing crowds not only in France, where the album went gold, but also in Australia and the USA where they have chalked up over twenty tours. Returning to performing in 2011 after a five-year hiatus, the group made their US comeback at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and went on to release their fifth album, simply entitled “5”, on the DRG/eOne label. Media response to “5” was enthusiastic and in 2013-14, they sold out venues across the country with their first US tours in a decade and a triumphant return to Australia in 2015. Paris Combo’s next album, “ Tako Tsubo ” will be released in the US on February 10th on the DRG/eOne label.

Belle du Berry, guitarist Potzi and drummer François first performed together in Paris as members of a quirky retro revue, “Les Champêtres de Joie” which went on to collaborate at the closing ceremony of the Albertville Winter Olympic Games in 1992. Du Berry and Australian-born trumpeter-pianist David Lewis met while performing together at the “Cabaret Sauvage” and in 1995 the group began to hone their sound playing in cafés and barges along the Seine under the name “Paris Combo”.

Du Berry, whose musical roots go back to post-punk bands, cites influences such as Arletty, the French singer- actress of the ’30s, but also the Surrealists and a panoply of more recent artists including the B-52’s. Potzi’s Django-influenced guitar often mixes with François’ ska or Latin grooves to create a fascinating blend. Lewis, who had previously played with a wide variety
of French bands including Manu Dibango and Arthur H, attributes the group’s approach to Paris’ cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Paris Combo’s eponymous 1997 debut disc arrived as the swing revival was in full bloom, yet the band’s wide-ranging mix of musical influences instantly set them apart from other groups in the genre, winning critical praise and appealing to international audiences. The momentum continued with the release of their second album, “Living Room,” which went gold in France in 2000, and confirmed the group’s international standing, with tours of the United States, Australia and Asia and a nomination at the French industry awards, Les Victoires de la Musique. The following year Paris Combo released their third set, “Attraction,” with a series of concerts at the prestigious Cité de la Musique in Paris. Their fourth album, “Motifs,” 2004, was supported by a tour that included Australasia, Brazil and the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles where the group was accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

The troupe reunited in 2010 after a four-year hiatus and spent a year writing, rehearsing and rediscovering their hallmark sound. They began performing the new material that evolved into the album “5” and, in September 2011, delivered a memorable come-back show at the Hollywood Bowl, kicking off in style a a new phase in their career.

Tour Dates

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Jul 26, 2018 2018 Summer Sessions Get Info/Tix
San Francisco, CA USA Miner Auditorium
7:30PM  
Jul 27, 2018 2018 Summer Sessions Get Info/Tix
San Francisco, CA USA Miner Auditorium
7:30PM  
Jul 28, 2018 2018 Summer Sessions Get Info/Tix
San Francisco, CA USA Miner Auditorium
7:30PM  
Jul 29, 2018 2018 Summer Sessions Get Info/Tix
San Francisco, CA USA Miner Auditorium
7:00PM  

Tour History

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2017
Feb 25, 2017 Venue Info
Somerville, MA USA Somerville Theatre
8:00 PM  
Feb 21, 2017 Venue Info
New York, NY USA City Winery
8:00PM  
Feb 19, 2017 Venue Info
Chicago, IL USA City Winery
8:10 PM - 9:40 PM  
Feb 18, 2017 Venue Info
Minneapolis, MN USA Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7:00 PM + 9:00 PM  
Feb 16, 2017 Venue Info
Seattle, WA Triple Door
7:30PM  
Feb 15, 2017 Venue Info
San Francisco, CA USA Miner Auditorium
7:30PM  
Feb 14, 2017 Venue Info
San Francisco, CA USA Miner Auditorium
7:30PM  
Feb 12, 2017 Venue Info
Santa Monica, CA USA The Broad Stage at Santa Monica
7:30 PM  
Feb 11, 2017 Venue Info
Phoenix, AZ USA Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
7:30 PM  
Feb 11, 2017 Venue Info
Phoenix, AZ USA Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
7:30 PM  
2015
Dec 11, 2015 Cancelled
Alameda, CA USA Rock Wall Wine Company
6:00PM  
Jul 17, 2015 Venue Info
New York, NY USA City Winery
8:00PM  
Jul 15, 2015 Venue Info
Indianapolis, IN USA The Cabaret at The Columbia Club
 
Jul 14, 2015 Venue Info
Chicago, IL USA City Winery
8:00PM  
Jul 12, 2015 Venue Info
Madison, WI USA Central Park
6:15PM  
Jul 12, 2015 Fete de Marquette Venue Info
Madison, WI USA Central Park
Time TBD  
Jul 11, 2015 Venue Info
Raleigh, NC USA NCMA Museum Park Theater
8:00 PM  
Jul 10, 2015 Venue Info
Boston, MA USA French Cultural Center
7:00 PM  
Feb 20, 2015 Venue Info
San Francisco, CA USA Miner Auditorium
7:30PM  
Feb 19, 2015 Venue Info
San Francisco, CA USA Miner Auditorium
7:30PM  
2014
Apr 19, 2014 Venue Info
North Vancouver, BC CANADA NSCU Centre at Capilano University
8:00PM  
Apr 18, 2014 Venue Info
Seattle, WA USA Town Hall Seattle
8:00 PM  
Apr 17, 2014  
Napa, California USA City Winery - Napa
8:00PM  
Apr 16, 2014  
San Francisco, CA USA SF Jazz Center
2:15 PM  
Apr 16, 2014 Venue Info
San Francisco, CA USA SF Jazz Center
7:30 PM  
Apr 14, 2014 Venue Info
Minneapolis, MN Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7PM + 9PM  
Apr 13, 2014 Venue Info
Chicago, IL USA City Winery
5:00 & 8:00PM  
Apr 12, 2014 Venue Info
Notre Dame, IN USA Leighton Concert Hall - DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
7:30 PM  
2013
May 3, 2013  
Boston, MA USA Berklee Performance Center
8:00PM  
May 2, 2013  
Brooklyn, NY USA Littlefield
 
May 1, 2013  
Reston, VA USA CenterStage at Reston Community Center
8:00 PM  
Apr 30, 2013 Venue Info
New York, NY USA Joe's Pub
7:30 PM  
Apr 28, 2013  
Irvine, CA USA Soka PAC
3:00  
Apr 27, 2013  
Santa Monica, CA USA Broad Stage at Santa Monica
 
Apr 26, 2013  
San Francisco, CA USA California Institute of Integral Studies
 
Apr 24, 2013  
Livermore, CA USA Bankhead Theater
7:30 PM  
Apr 23, 2013  
Indianapolis, IN USA The Cabaret at The Columbia Club
 
Apr 23, 2013  
Livermore, CA USA Bankhead Theater
7:30 PM  
Apr 20, 2013  
Chicago, IL USA City Winery
 
Apr 20, 2013  
Bloomington, IN USA Buskirk-Chumley Theater
8 PM  
Apr 19, 2013  
Cleveland, OH USA Cleveland Museum of Art - Gartner Auditorium
7:30 PM  
2012
Dec 20, 2012 Venue Info
Istanbul, TURKEY Babylon
 
Dec 19, 2012 Venue Info
Istanbul, TURKEY Babylon
 
Feb 16, 2012  
Istanbul, TURKEY Sanat
 
2011
Sep 18, 2011  
Los Angeles, CA USA Hollywood Bowl
 
Sep 17, 2011  
Los Angeles, CA USA Hollywood Bowl
 
Sep 16, 2011  
Los Angeles, CA USA Hollywood Bowl
 
2005
Nov 4, 2005  
Somerville, MA USA Somerville Theatre
 
Nov 3, 2005  
Flint, MI USA Flint Cultural Center
 
Nov 1, 2005  
Vancouver, BC CANADA Caravan World Rhythms
 
Oct 31, 2005  
Seattle, WA USA Triple Door
 
Oct 30, 2005  
San Francisco, CA USA Herbst Theatre
 
Oct 29, 2005  
Schaumburg, IL USA Schaumburg Prairie Center
 
Oct 27, 2005  
New York, NY USA Symphony Space
 
Jul 2, 2005  
Jacksonville, OR USA Britt Pavillion
 
Jun 30, 2005  
Saratoga, CA USA The Garden Theatre, Montalvo Arts Center
 
Jan 22, 2005  
Sherbrooke, QC CANADA Theatre Centennial Bishops University
 
Jan 21, 2005  
Montreal, QC CANADA Centre Pierre Peladeau
 
Jan 19, 2005  
Los Angeles, CA USA Fais Do Do
 
Jan 18, 2005  
San Francisco, CA USA Great American Music Hall
 
Jan 16, 2005  
Memphis, TN USA Buckman Center
 
Jan 15, 2005  
Chicago, IL USA Old Town School of Folk Music
 
Jan 12, 2005  
Washington, DC USA Smithsonian Assoc Ripley Cntr
 
Jan 8, 2005 globalFEST  
New York, NY USA Public Theater
 
Jan 7, 2005  
Somerville, MA USA Somerville Theatre
 
2004
Sep 19, 2004  
Los Angeles, CA USA Hollywood Bowl
 
Sep 18, 2004  
Los Angeles, CA USA Hollywood Bowl
 
Sep 17, 2004  
Los Angeles, CA USA Hollywood Bowl
 
Sep 15, 2004  
Napa, CA USA Napa Valley Opera House
 
Feb 17, 2004  
Chicago, IL USA Old Town School of Folk Music
 

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Press

The marvelously eclectic Paris Combo, (romped) through jazz-tinged selections energized by the quirky vocals of Belle du Berry and Gypsy rhythms of Django Reinhardt-influenced guitarist Potzi. — LOS ANGELES TIMES


Returning to America after a too long hiatus, the swinging 5 piece Paris Combo mixed infectious and irresistible rhythms and melodies (guaranteed to get you to grab your partner) with lyrics about every facet of love imaginable, and doing it by melding Hot Jazz of the 20s with a Rive Gauche sensibility. — JAZZ WEEKLY


“Fun, musically intelligent and entertaining…Paris Combo is the real deal and hopefully they’ll be back in Cleveland sometime soon”. – CLEVELANDCLASSICAL.COM


Over the course of five albums, the Paris Combo has fired the imagination of anyone who likes their music cool, continental, witty and more than a little mysterious.   — BOSTON HERALD


Last night’s performance of Paris Combo at City Winery Napa was a cool, refreshing dip into the deep end of some seriously fun Frenchness. — EXAMINER


My favorite French cultural export of the past decade is this French quintet. — SEATTLE TIMES


A French quintet with a seemingly endless supply of catchy hooks and imaginative lyrics. — VARIETY


It felt like you were in a swinging, bohemian Parisian nightclub of the ’20s and ‘30s…. — EXAMINER .COM (Indianapolis)


Paris Combo brings its eclectic, exotic sounds back to Seattle – Seattle Times Interview

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